This is the first new material from Sleaford Mods now that they've handed the keys over to the man at Rough Trade. Not that their sound has changed at all. 'TCR' sees them just as angry and sweary as before with five new tracks recorded earlier this year. The title track details the travails of a man who escapes to the pub only to realise that it's just as futile as the rest of his life. Same old then but we wouldn't want it any other way.
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Like whatever it is that unblocks sinks, Sleaford Mods are pretty reliable. You purchase the records and you know what you are going to get.
This is generally a good thing though I thought 'Tarantula Deadly Cargo' was the best thing they'd done in recent times and more eerie stuff like that on 'Key Markets' may have made it a bit more varied. How long I wonder they can get away with their shouty, sweary thing? This new EP, their first since signing to Rough Trade, provides some answers as to how they can progress whilst keeping their fan base onside. The lead track 'TCR' is probably the most Sleaford Mods thing here includes a remarkable line "people need to move on, that '50s look can do one, Elvis is out of the building". Jason, will you look at yourself. I'm more thrilled by 'I Can Tell' which has a pulsating minimal synth going on and is a lot more stark than their usual fayre and this brings out the best in Jason Williamson. His ability to keep the listener interested over unchanging music with fluid lyrical dexterity shines through here. Some fantastic lines abound on a track that could have been made in 1979 such is the lyrical bleakness. Great/harrowing.
This stark and minimal feel continues into the tracks overleaf. "Britain Thirst' (nice pun) which again is based around a simple riff leaving everything to the vocals. 'Dad's Corner' has a gurgling ident churning around Williamson's lurching phrases and 'You're a Nottshead' which is the classic sweary ranting over pulsating kraut. These tracks are interesting musically in that nothing actually happens. This is the key to how Sleaford Mods work, Williams is then given space to come up with enough catchphrases that even after one listen you can imagine them being shouted back to him in sweaty (increasingly big) venues in the next few months.
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