'GE 138' has reviewed the new Subs album on the onethirtyeight.org website ("a web zine about the Las Vegas Punk Rock Music Scene")
U.K. Subs - Yellow Leader
Written by GE 138.
ha ha ha ha ha You gotta love the fact that the U.K. Subs have carried on with an idea that at the time 40 years ago seemed almost impossible to live up to but here it is, years later, and the U.K. Subs have lived up to their promise to release an album that starts with every letter of the alphabet, starting off with 1979's Another Kind Of Blues, and carrying on right up to this years 'Y' release, Yellow Leader. Can't wait to see what their next 'Z' release is going to be... lol Gawd bless ya Charlie Harper! 70 years young and still carrying on with it. Brilliant!! Anyways, this latest release from this seminal British Punk band sounds just as good as 2013's XXIV, same people playing on it might have something to do with that, and the band is more melodic than angry nowadays, as most songs on here are real hooky, big shouted out choruses, played at a leisurely pace that befits a gentleman of Mr. Harper's age, although a few songs like Heathens and Sick Velveteen pick things up to a pretty fast PFR pace. And just let me be the first to say how great Charlie's voice sounds. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for that ol' geezer, and he sounds in tip-top shape on here. Guitar work is pretty good too, nothing mind blowing, nice tone, and the bass thuds and rumbles and punctuates everything as it should. The U.K. Subs have never been a band to have a flashy Drummer, and the kid playing on this album is a real, sit in the pocket kind of guy. Not a bad thing, it's just what it is. Some pretty good songs on here - Prime Evil, Chemical, all the songs I already mentioned, and I could of done without the Beardcore song though (Rebellion Song) - just saying. ;-) Yeah, the U.K. Subs are one of those Legendary bands that deserve every accolade and word of praised heaped upon them, Lord knows they've earned it, and although Yellow Leader isn't the best album they've ever done, it's certainly not the worst one they've ever done either. Big cheers to the U.K. Subs for being the incredible institution and make sure you see them when they play The Dive bar on June 13th with The Civilians. Woo Hoo!!
Available from Captain Oi Records, which you can go to by clicking here. You can purchase the album from them by clicking here. The colored vinyl is selling out as fast as they can press them up, so grab one if you get the chance. It's also available digitally on iTunes by clicking here. It's also available on Amazon by clicking here. "Like" the U.K. Subs on Facebook by clicking here.