A few years ago, a Spotify playlist I was listening to played Tweet, Tweet, Tweet by the Sleaford Mods. At the time I had no idea who that band was, but that song was catchy, topical and raw. The vocals from Jason Williamson over the simple drum and bass beats of Andrew Fearn, were an intriguing change from the contemporary music of the day.
In the last few months I listened to more of the Sleaford Mods, and I also watched a documentary about them, Bunch of Kunst | A Film about Sleaford Mods. You can see a preview here on Youtube, or check out streaming providers like Crave TV or HBO.
The working class anger directed at the audience is palpable. You can hear the pain, struggle, alcohol and drug abuse, and the state of our messed up world pour through in Williamson’s lyrics to Fearn’s driving beats. I love that it is such a unique sound and so very raw. To me this seemed like a mashup of Gang of Four, Iggy and the Stooges, the Sex Pistols, Run the Jewels, and Kate Tempest.
I invite you to listen to the streets of Nottingham, England and enjoy a new punk sound. Be sure to come back at the beginning of May for our full review. Please listen along and enjoy this month’s pick, Divide and Exit by the Sleaford Mods.