Sleaford Mods are two men from Nottingham who elicit opinions the way a plunger elicits muck from a drain. Their leader is vocalist Jason Williamson. He has a tattoo of the old British Rail logo on his arm and finally quit his job as a benefits advisor last year, after making seven albums. Andrew Fearn makes the beats – usually simple loops of drum-heavy garage rock. Don’t let the ‘Mods’ part fool you: they aren’t tight-suited dandies. As they put it, they make ‘electronic munt minimalist punk-hop rants for the working class and under’.
That roughly translates as having touches of The Streets, Shaun Ryder’s foghorn and Mark E Smith’s way with a vivid non sequitur. Personality-wise, Williamson comes across like a rottweiler with tourettes being interviewed for ‘Grumpy Old Men’ – in a good way. Put together and it reinforces one reviewer’s summary last year: ‘about as punk as punk gets in 2014’. Again, in a good way.