UK electronic punks Sleaford Mods are heading to Aotearoa for the very first time this coming February, to play a one-off headline event at Auckland's The Powerstation. It was a pretty closed place, and it still is, where people have the same values that they had when they were 16. Sleaford Mods: UK Electro-Punks Break Down Every Song on New Album ‘Spare Ribs’ “It’s kind of like something out of a film, isn’t it?” frontman Jason Williamson says of the pandemic. Overview ↓ Biography … Sleaford Mods founder Jason Williamson’s attitude to popular music is summed up in the 2017 documentary about the band, Bunch of Kunst. Someone else’s idea has been hijacked enough, hasn’t it? Credit: Thomas Jackson / TyneSight Photographic. There was a big Asian community, but no Afro-Caribbean community or Jamaican community, or anything like that. There’s a bit of a smile to it, though the core, dour content is instantly recognizable with anyone with a passing understanding of Sleaford Mods. Sleaford Mods aren’t perfect (even punks had to learn three chords, whereas the duo simply plug in a laptop and holler), but in an increasingly safe age, where music has become predictable and posh in equal measure, the pair provide a genuinely fresh voice – a voice that’s all the better for being sweary and wrapped in seven coats of bile. Famously acclaimed by Iggy Pop as “undoubtedly, absolutely, definitely the world's greatest rock n roll band,” Sleaford Mods are a group like none other. Each week, Q Magazine Editor Ted Kessler interviews a superstar songwriter and musician about their life and career … Read Full Biography. The British punk-hop duo Sleaford Mods are really a trio: vocalist Jason Williamson, producer/professional button-pusher Andrew Fearn, and Williamson’s water bottle. Sleaford Mods: Ibiza Jason Williamson (2015) Soundtrack Sound for the Future (2020) All photographs by Duncan Stafford The hottest day of the year, and I'm on a train, halfway up England, still with that chilly, dispiriting sense of two nations, two different worlds. Why would you want to play the same chord sequence that Lennon and McCartney did?” Williamson does, however, have residual sympathy left for those who do. By entering your email address you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and consent to receive emails from Time Out about news, events, offers and partner promotions. Sleaford Mods are an English electronic punk music duo formed in 2007 in Nottingham.The band features vocalist Jason Williamson and, since 2012, musician Andrew Fearn.They are known for their abrasive, minimalist musical style and embittered explorations of austerity-era Britain, culture, and working class life, delivered in Williamson's East Midlands accent. All rights reserved. S EVERAL weeks before the UK general election, Sleaford Mods singer Jason Williamson posted a passionate defence of British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on … Sleaford Mods is composed of Jason Williamson on vocals and producer Andrew Robert Lindsay Fearn. Jason Williamson on the Sleaford Mods’ musical influences “Even at five or six, I started taking music seriously. Combining the revolutionary fury of punk and hip-hop with the bleakness of austerity-era Great Britain, Sleaford Mods capture the spirit of their time with blunt eloquence. Just a few years ago, 45 year-old frontman Jason Williamson was … Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson recalls his time as a 16-year-old. His father Brian Bradley, and Uncle Tony were for many years part of one of … Sleaford Mods: Andrew Fearn and Jason Williamson (Photo: Simon Parfrement) At the end of 2019, in a pre-coronavirus world in which people could go to gigs and connect with other people, East Midlands’ Sleaford Mods headlined an incendiary show at … Andrew Fearn makes the beats – usually simple loops of drum-heavy garage rock. SLEAFORD MODS hail from Lincolnshire in England and are Jason Williamson (lyrics and vocals) and Andrew Fearn (music). All rights reserved. They say they’re punk but punk was built on blood and sweat. If you enjoy our articles, photography and podcasts, please consider becoming a subscribing member. By the time I was 16 I’d gone through The Style Council and Motown, and I was coming through the other side and playing with pop music in the charts like Mel and Kim, Bomb The Bass, the early onset of rave. I often wonder if this has a lot to do with Sleaford Mods being made up of Jason Williamson, a straight man married with two kids and thrillingly camp stage presence, and the openly gay Andrew Fearn. Whether you love to hate them or hate to love them, there will have been few who could have predicted the rise to prominence of Nottingham punk-rockers Sleaford Mods when they emerged into the music industry nearly a decade ago.All That Glue comes at a time which has seen the duo of Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn emerge into a Top 10 charting band with last year’s typically no … Why would you want to play the same chord sequence that Lennon and McCartney did?” Williamson does, however, have residual sympathy left for those who do. Apart from discovering lager and going out with girls, there wasn’t much to do when I was that age, but, then again, at 16 you don’t really know a lot, so everything is new – earning money is new, working on a shop floor is new, so there was plenty for me to get my teeth into until 17/18, and then it was like, ‘fuck this, I need to get out.’ I moved to London for a year and a half when I was 23, to try and get bands together. Sleaford Mods are heading to Australia this March, 13 years after they first hit the scene in the UK; following much critical acclaim and a storied journey, Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn finally hit our shores for the first time.I caught up with Jason on the phone recently and this is how our short chat went. Perrier water – look at that, like a proper little Tory. Thanks for subscribing! In this age of Brexit and austerity, it is no coincidence that their star has ascended with uncommon speed. If you’ve wondered where all the angry music has gone, you owe Sleaford Mods a listen. The Sleaford Mods M.O. Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods Photo: Gareth Shute The barrel-chested man in his late forties bellows into a microphone: “F*CK OFF TWAT!” To his right, a lanky fellow of a similar age hovers behind a laptop, bopping along to an angular beat and beaming at his bandmate’s antics. The COVID-19 crisis has cut off our advertising revenue stream, which is how we’ve always funded how we promoted new independent artists. I probably wouldn’t have gotten out. At 43, Williamson is the same age as Gary Barlow – a dried-up husk of a man compared against Williamson’s zesty passion for words and music. Put together and it reinforces one reviewer’s summary last year: ‘about as punk as punk gets in 2014’. In a Facebook post promoting their upcoming UK and Europe tour, the band wrote that they are “100% with Jason Williamson [of Sleaford Mods] on that band Idles.” Sleaford Mods grew up in the rabidly Brexit heartland of Lincolnshire: Williamson in Grantham, where 60 per cent of people voted to leave, Fearn in Saxilby (62 per cent). Much of the hype around Sleaford Mods can be attributed to music journalists DESPERATE to use the band’s perceived working-class status to write ‘state of the nation’ pieces. As ever frontman Jason Williamson provides timely commentary on the everyday conditions in the United … Sleaford Mods are a genre melding musical duo hailing from Nottingham, England. On February 22 Sleaford Mods releases their fifth album, “Eton Alive” and once again the daring duo fearlessly call out the ridiculous contradictions of our age. That could have been the theme tune to my favourite cartoon or the music that was in the charts… Abba, Dr Hook or the Osmonds. Sleaford Mods perform Bang Someone Out for the Moonshine Sessions Sleaford Mods add a huge headline show at Eventim Apollo, London to their tour. – Jason Williamson, Sleaford Mods “I think that is the driving force… it has to be the driving force behind any musician. I had this idea that I wanted to be healthy and not just walk around and get boozed up and get tattoos like all my mates did. Jason Williamson joins Q Editor Ted Kessler to describe his journey from furious no-hoper to furious 40-something pop star with Sleaford Mods. They are now poised to release their fifth studio album entitled 'Eton Alive' in February 2019. I was in a punk band when I was 14 but that lasted for one rehearsal because the drummer kept laughing at me shouting. Williamson, Jason – Half of Sleaford Mods. Many have seized on Sleaford Mods as being saviours of a working-class viewpoint in music, (a complicated angle, given that Williamson identifies himself as lower-middle class). It was good life training – fucking brutal. Sleaford Mods founder Jason Williamson’s attitude to popular music is summed up in the 2017 documentary about the band, Bunch of Kunst. He spent it hanging around Grantham drinking Perrier water. I didn’t see music as an escape until later. He spent it hanging around Grantham drinking Perrier water Inspired by the mod subculture and musical sources like the Wu-Tang Clan, he spent several years pursuing music unsuccessfully both with various groups and as a solo singer-songwriter. Jason Williamson and Tor Marie. Time Out is a registered trademark of Time Out Digital Limited. Jason Williamson, one half of Sleaford Mods meets up with Taylor Parkes to chew the fat, and the gristle, and the bone. Jason Williamson, Sleaford Mods, Glastonbury Festival, 2019 Williamson (born 10 November 1970 in Grantham, Lincolnshire) grew up in Grantham. 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