UK Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs’ new EP


This music video from England says about itself:

Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants – “Live@Rebellion Festival”

Winter Gardens, Blackpool. August 3, 2019.

That was the last Rebellion festival before the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 edition has been postponed to August 2022.

Alvin Gibbs is best known as bass player in the UK Subs: 1980–1983, 1988, 1996, 1999–2002, 2003–present. Talking about the UK Subs: today, 24 May, is Charlie Harper’s birthday.

Besides the UK Subs, Alvin also played in the Iggy Pop band. And, with Charlie Harper, in the Urban Dogs. And in the 1990s in Cheap And Nasty. Cheap And Nasty should not be confused with other bands with very similar names. Nothing to do with the later West Australian band Cheap’n’Nasty. Also unconnected to Dutch punk band Cheap ‘n’ Nasty. Alvin knows them. They played with the Subs in 1980 and 1981. He bought the first copy of their Covergirl EP.

In 2018, Alvin formed his band the Disobedient Servants.

Alvin Gibbs and the Disobedient Servants. Band live photo credit Andy Luckett

This photo shows Alvin Gibbs and the Disobedient Servants. Band live photo credit Andy Luckett.

The band that, like also, eg, the UK Subs, played at the 2019 Rebellion festival. And the band which now has released a new EP. Simultaneously with the new record by UK Subs singer Charlie Harper.

The Disobedient Servants are: Alvin on bass and vocals, UK Subs drummer Jamie Oliver (not the cook) and Ruts DC guitarist Leigh Heggarty.

The new EP is called State of Grace. Gaye Black (aka Gaye Advert) designed the sleeve.

The three songs on it are: ‘State Of Grace’, ‘Too Bad She’s In Love’, and ‘Brother, Sister’.

The first two songs are about somewhat problematic relationships.

In State of Grace, the guitar sounds out. Alvin’s voice clearly sounds well, though different from Charlie Harper.

Too Bad She’s In Love is a faster song than State of Grace. You can hear Alvin’s bass prominently.

While the third song, like Charlie Harper’s new song Panic,is about grave world problems.

From the lyrics of Brother, Sister:

“When the cake is cut in favour of the few
Brother, I can’t take it anymore…
When forests are burned and the world’s unconcerned…
Sister, it cuts me to the core…

When I see the hunters murder just for blood
Brother, I can’t take it anymore
When leaders speak of change but do nothing
Sister, it cuts me to the core

When freedom’s dead, our democracy unwed
Brother, I can’t take it anymore
When a tyrant ties a rope to your throat
Sister, it cuts me to the core”.

Even someone who is not a fan of punk music told me that Alvin has a good voice in this song.

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