Once dismissed around their native Nottingham as “two skip rats with a laptop” the last 12 months has seen the Sleaford Mods simply knock all their distractors clear out of the way. The mounting hysteria surrounding their 2013 album “Austerity Dogs” has spread like chlamydia at a teenage house party and saw them topping many ‘End of Year’ lists worldwide.
Along with a handful of limited 7″ releases, plus an extensive european touring programme have all helped to solidify their growing reputation as the “ones to watch”. The Sleaford Mods duo of Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn have also been busy throughout the year working on the new album “Divide and Exit” which is released on Harbinger Sound (Cargo Records) since May 2014. “Divide and Exit” contains 14 new tracks and the result is as immediately in your face as its vicious predecessor. Whilst Fearn’s beats and loops will pull you up into the urgency of Sleaford Mods they also allow you to run the gauntlet from delibrate clumsy dance-floor swaggers to full-on punk throwabouts with them. Williamson is let free to spit out his unempathic litany of bile and anger towards the bloated and tedious. His verbal salvos and side-swipes are often savage and brutal , yet at turns, hilarious, but always spot on as Sleaford Mods rage and despair as the country sinks deeper into a cesspool of its own idiocy. It’s an album that doesn’t have the privilege of luxury, indulgence or extravaganza and it will strike a resonant chord with many because it simply refuses to compromise.
Those of you lucky enough to have witnessed the fabulous Sleaford Mods live at one of their Golden Pudel Club shows in Hamburg surely agree that Sleaford Mods are the best new band since the Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols and The Beatles!