“Reduced circumstance isn’t a pantomime. If you haven’t lived within its confines don’t use it to enamour your ideas.” – Jason Williamson, Sleaford Mods.
Sleaford Mods, the politically grouchy duo from Nottingham, have released a single titled ‘Nudge It’, featuring Amy Taylor, vocalist from exciting Melbourne punks, Amyl and the Sniffers. The single has dropped just days before the Mods’ new album ‘Spare Ribs’ comes out on January 15 via Rough Trade and follows the announcement of a UK tour later this year. It was directed by US-born, London-based musician and filmmaker Eddie Whelan, aka Eddie The Wheel.
The boys continue their fight against the system, the band’s frontman Jason Williamson saying, “Imagine you’ve got limited options, unsure how you’re getting by that week, looking out the window of the damp flat you don’t want to live in, and seeing a bunch of posers having a photo shoot because ‘cool architecture bro, we feel your pain”. It’s promising to see the duo continuing to engage politically through aggressively whistleblowing punkish rhymes on our country’s inequality, austerity and polarisation.
Taylor and Williamson’s vocal chord affair riggles carefree on a nail bed of hollow snares, bass kicks, and synth probes provided by the onlooking producer, Andrew Fearn. The combination bleeds sounds of protest against the wallys in charge, and others who misguidedly take advantage. “Beware the eager networkers,” they say. “Don’t settle for the 20p payout, nudge it, pop the posers. And don’t apologise for the fucker either.”
This country would do well with more artists like the Mods running down the lines and standing up for a struggling majority against an ill-meaning minority.
Watch ‘Nudge It’ here: