Sleaford Mods(external resources)
Nottingham’s favorite sons are back after a short hiatus following the release of last year's breakthrough "Key Markets" album. The duo's third 'proper' album was released in June 2015 to great critical acclaim and saw the band rise to more prominence than ever before with them touching the Top Ten UK Album charts. Other highlights from a hectic year included a blazing slot at the Glastonbury festival, which attracted only a fraction less viewers than the Dalai Lama's festival visit. They finished the year blowing the dust off the Jools Holland show with a performance that Holland claimed was his fifth favorite one the show has ever broadcast.
Sleaford Mods started out sometime during 2006 while Jason Williamson was living in Nottingham. Born partly out of frustration and partly by accident, it quickly found its feet as an aggressive verbal onslaught on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment and the domestic situations arising from that trap. After a year of working ideas out in both the studio and via live performances, Williamson moved south and took the cause to London for a couple of years. He returned to Nottingham in 2009.
Soon after that, he met Andrew Fearn, and the Sleaford Mods became a duo. Fearn's first work was the production of "Wank" - Jason's fifth solo CD album. Soon after that he started stalking the stage and studio full time with Williamson. Andrew's involvement meant that Jason was now able to stop creating the loops and samples that littered the early recordings and concentrate on the lyrics, whilst Andrew created numerous tunes for Jason to vent his spleen over.
The duo's first performance was at an event curated by Nottingham's Rammel Club, and during that weekend a working relationship with abstract-punk label Harbinger Sound was formed. The relationship went on to produce the three groundbreaking albums that have gained Sleaford Mods a large dedicated following on both a national and international level. They have just signed to Rough Trade Records, and are now back recording new material and putting together an extensive touring and festival schedule.