Bunch of Kunst
Time Out says
A documentary tracking furious electro duo Sleaford Mods' rise to fame
Like most overnight sensations, Nottingham rage-punk duo Sleaford Mods had been slaving in obscurity for years before their big break finally came. This pleasingly unpretentious rock-doc follows the pair through their breakthrough year of 2015, from touring the pub backrooms of northern England to the Glastonbury Festival and beyond. Poet Jason Williamson and noisemaker Andrew Fearn come off – unsurprisingly – as articulate, bolshy and fiercely class-conscious, playing the ordinary-blokes-who-blundered-into-stardom card at every conceivable opportunity.
Still, the contrast between their lives at the start and end of the year is stark. In March they’re slogging from Wakefield to Scunthorpe in their manager’s four-seater. By June their performance at Glastonbury becomes the fourth-most-watched clip on iPlayer. In August they’re on the road again, this time in a deluxe double-decker tour bus. It’s particularly bizarre to see European audiences – notably the Germans – bellowing back the band’s bitter lyrics about job centre managers and corner off-licences. Sleaford Mods’ music may not be to all tastes, but as documentary evidence that good things can still happen to committed, hardworking people, ‘Bunch of Kunst’ is very pleasing.