– Sleaford Mods – live at 6 Music Festival – 2017 – BBC 6 Music –
Sleaford Mods to kick off the week. In concert at the 2017 BBC 6 Music Festival.
Sleaford Mods are an English post-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. The duo have released several albums to critical praise.
Williamson (born 10 November 1970 in Grantham, Lincolnshire) grew up in Grantham. 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. He had also worked as a session musician with local artists as well as Spiritualized and Bent. Fearn (born 1971 in Burton upon Trent) grew up on a farm in Saxilby, Lincolnshire.
Williamson first met Fearn in 2009 after hearing him DJ at a small Nottingham club called the Chameleon, where he was playing his own rough-edged and minimal grime-inspired tracks. Sleaford Mods began when Williamson’s friend suggested he combine his vocals with a music sample from a Roni Size album. Originally, the project was called “That’s Shit, Try Harder”, but was later changed in reference to Sleaford, a town in Lincolnshire, not far from Grantham.
Williamson formed the band with Simon Parfrement, with whom he worked alongside a studio engineer at Rubber Biscuit Studio in Nottingham on their first four albums. Parfrement left the music production to Andrew Fearn after the release of the 2012 album Wank, the first album to feature Fearn, but Parfrement continues to play an important role with the band as their photographer and media producer.
On December 10, 2014, Williamson published the lyrics collection Grammar Wanker: Sleaford Mods 2007-2014, followed by Jason Williamson’s House Party: Sleaford Mods 2014-2019 in 2019.
A collaboration between Sleaford Mods and The Prodigy was announced at the end of 2014. They recorded a track together, “Ibiza”, which appears on The Prodigy album The Day Is My Enemy, released in March 2015.
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