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Real Talk: A Film About Sleaford Mods
Louis Pattison , August 20th, 2014 10:45

With Divide And Exit, Sleaford Mods made one of our favourite albums of the year, an original, visceral portrait of the UK in 2014. In a short film, Louis Pattison meets the duo, Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn, in Nottingham to discuss their writing process, mod culture and being gobby

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Much has been written these last 12 months or so about What Sleaford Mods Represent – the voice of austerity Britain, the triumph of the geezer, anarchists, prophets, the best band since the Sex Pistols, yadda yadda yadda. I'm not going to say this isn't a good thing, as the Nottingham-based duo are unquestionably one of the best and most original groups in the UK. But their sudden ascension feels surprising. When I first e-mailed Jason Williamson back in early 2013, around the release of their vinyl-only compilation Austerity Dogs, he seemed surprised to be contacted by a member of the press, his many years of striving to make it in music – not just in Sleaford Mods, already then five albums old, but a number of lost projects such as an ill-fated mod group called Meat Pie – having provoked merely indifference from the national media at large. Why have Sleaford Mods suddenly caught the public attention? Perhaps it's something to do with the climate – Cameron, zero-hour contracts, indie rock as heritage industry or middle class career path. Or perhaps it's that with Austerity Dogs and this year's Divide And Exit they've really found their sound – a baleful and hilarious rant that reminds you of the Sex Pistols, Wu-Tang Clan, Conflict, Ian Dury and Happy Mondays without actually sounding like any of them.

Earlier in the year, me and my friend James went up to Nottingham with a video camera, and met Williamson and his musical partner Andrew Fearn on home turf: an arts café called the Chameleon, which has played home to many of the duo's early gigs. In person, Jason is softer and more thoughtful than you might venture from his lyrics, or indeed his Twitter feed; that's not to say the anger of Sleaford Mods is false or staged – the opposite in fact – but simply that it's born out of experience, a thing of wisdom and integrity. We've made what we shot into a short film. The older bloke in the video is Nick Turner, veteran of the Nottingham DIY scene, and landlord of the Chameleon since 2007, who has a few stories of his own to tell. Hope you enjoy it.

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Aug 20, 2014 12:50pm

Best band since the Sex Pistols? OH COME ON.

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Scott
Aug 20, 2014 12:59pm

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Yeah! Sex Pistols were utter shite!

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ad hominem
Aug 20, 2014 1:05pm

i prefer the sleafords to the pistols

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Flaps
Aug 20, 2014 3:24pm

They're like Death Grips, but without the talent or integrity.
In other words, a pair of cunts.

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Aug 20, 2014 5:33pm

I find it pretty harsh that the Sleaford Mods have managed to scrape a lot of NME publicity by slagging off Oasis while at the same time have several pics of them with Noel on Facebook.Double standards methinks.

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Nessie
Aug 20, 2014 6:53pm

In reply to Flaps:

Death Grips = one of the most overrated bands of the last decade.

That terminal statement of theirs, claiming they were "a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound & vision. above & beyond a 'band.'" was/is unintentionally hilarious.

Pitchfork.com anarchists, yeccchh.

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Stavros P. Leibowitz
Aug 20, 2014 9:20pm

Hmmm... a poor man's Earl Brutus, methinks.

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Mike A
Aug 21, 2014 10:52am

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"several pics of them with Noel on Facebook" - that's the cover for their Jobseeker 7" from last year, which used an image of Noel, not in an entirely flattering context. They haven't actually met the guy!

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Aug 21, 2014 11:47am

Just really shit and unlikeable.

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Aug 21, 2014 2:33pm

Fucking legend mate

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Flaps
Aug 21, 2014 3:29pm

In reply to Nessie:

Death Grips
Pretentious? Possibly...
Talented? Undeniable...
Salford Mods
Slagged off Noel Gallagher, not unlike Viva Brother.
(slow clap)....

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Nabil Jacob
Aug 21, 2014 4:01pm

great band, great live experience and very pleasant chaps (hanging out with early arrivals before gigs and sticking around after they've played). plus Austerity Dogs and Divide and Exit are simply superb recordings

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Aug 22, 2014 4:56pm

In reply to Mike A:

It still stands,slagging off the Gallaghers to get into the papers is pretty poor.If they were as shit as he made out he wouldn't have any pics of NG on his FB as it is I've read them slagging the fuck out of them and then making a half hearted 'the first single was good'.Well lads,when you make an album as good as any of Oasis' then we shall see

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piss
Aug 22, 2014 8:03pm

In reply to Flaps:

thick

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piss
Aug 22, 2014 8:06pm

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thick as fuck

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huw
Aug 23, 2014 12:11pm

this is really good!

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philip price
Aug 24, 2014 5:12pm

Great band......hipsters will never get them

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michelle
Jan 24, 2015 11:51pm

Very sincere an talentd guys. Very refreshing, just what the music industry needs rite now,a lyrical kick up the arse!

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dipshit
Oct 17, 2015 3:10pm

In reply to Flaps:

go fuck yourself

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