Live recording of Sleaford Mods’ third gig at SO36 in Berlin, from June 2015. Live, angry and righteous, the whole gig was caught on camera and documented. The album contains pretty much all of their biggest tracks, including Jobseeker, Tied Up In Nottz, Joly Fucker, and Tweet, Tweet, Tweet. If studio recordings aren’t gritty and sweaty enough for you...
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Ah, a live album from Sleaford Mods - a great excuse to hear the word ‘fuck’ uttered 200 times but this time with a bit of reverb and crowd noises more rabid than Jason Williamson’s onstage glare. But that’s ultimately what a SM live album is missing though: Williamson’s incredible confrontational sneer slowly scanning the audience while Andrew Fearn’s monotone beats stomp on to the grave. You can’t have everything, mind, and besides, they’ll soon break America and you’ll be listening to this with an accompanying hologram.
While you’re awaiting Charlie Brooker’s biting theatrical adaptation of the above, you can listen to this record, which captures the primal sound of the duo pretty well, the speed, volume and ferocity not lost through recording. It was a sold out show in a Berlin club called SO36. Despite the slight distance of the vocals (they sound like they’re coming from across the room rather than shouting up in your headspace), they still provide more social commentary than any of Brooker’s netflix-endorsed tomfoolery.. Gotta hand it to whoever captured this too - all the instrumental and drum tracks sound like an actual punk band in the room playing, rather than being played by Fearn’s space bar.
It’s got all the hits. Oh yes. You’ve got ‘Jobseeker’, ‘No One’s Bothered’, ‘Tied Up In Nottz’ - all the wide and varied entries into the Sleaford’s back catalogue. They set the tone for the whole thing early by opening with ‘Bunch of Cunts’ in typical confrontational style. The big question is though, where are all the hilarious skits between tracks? They’ve only gone and cut the craic. I thought it was crap you’re supposed to cut.
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