First new music from Sleaford Mods since 2017's English Tapas and as is their wont it's a five track EP ahead of a promised new LP next March. A bunch of things to tie you over all about people's anger with the political system and the slow descent into slanging matches. Always on the ball it's nice to have them back. They may look rough and tough and snarly but they are lovely lads really. Soft as puppies.
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Sleaford Mods, I note, have done probably the decent thing and decided to use their Twitter account just for band activities - instead of goading the more, um, ill-informed part of their fanbase. There's only so many times you can deal with idiots. Fuck 'em...walk away.
The timing is good, though, in that I'm hoping they don't now shout at me. Because I just can't get on with 'Stick In a Five and Go', the lead track from this interim EP, as much as I was hoping. It's not bad as such, just not not inspiring. It's quite minimal - as if they are trying to reproduce the simple, clipped, post punk of someone like Young Marble Giants and growl over it. Luckily, though, I'm very fond of 'Bang Someone Out', a shuffly little thing with brilliant Williamson lyric - one of those tracks where Sleaford Mods approach pop...albeit with caution. Should have been the lead track in my opinion, which no-one asked for.
As with all these Sleaford Mods EPs the band are generous with their songs. There's three more tracks here for their fanbase to lap up. But it does seem like these are failed experiments that haven't made the cut onto their forthcoming album rather than standalone tracks. 'Dregs', for example, is nothing you haven't heard before from them and it strays into the sort of laddishness that they are best avoiding.
It's a strange EP, they sound a bit muted, and it lacks the wild anger you hear in some of their other work. The beats are more clipped and laid back and there's less of a post punk thrill to the instrumentation. Still, this is just a batch of new things before we get the album proper. 'Bang Something Out' is the best thing here by a mile. Perhaps the Mods will direct the anger Twitter provoked back into their music.
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