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30 FROM 17: SLEAFORD MODS

by Jason Lewis
UK Music Editor
originally published: December, 2017

Sleaford Mods


Sleaford Mods

30 FROM 17: SLEAFORD MODS

story by Jason Lewis
UK Music Editor
originally published: December, 2017
#10
Sleaford Mods
English Tapas
(Rough Trade)

Reflecting on the trademark anger that he once displayed in his early career, Elvis Costello once noted that, if you keep shouting your views at people, you will either end up losing your voice or people will just stop listening to you.

Nine albums in (four in their current line up), Sleaford Mods are still shouting and their audience is still listening.  Sorry Elvis.  There may be moments on ‘English Tapas’ that now include such conventional things as verses and choruses, as well as a fair stab at actual singing, but the expletive driven rage is still there.

From its mocking title onwards ‘English Tapas’ sees a risible country in further decline.  Grotesque characters are lambasted (BHS), those that sneer at the band's recent 'success' (Just Like We Do) are taken to task and the fallout of Brexit is a recurring theme throughout (Carlton Touts).

Read our original review here: https://www.outsideleft.com/main.php?updateID=1443

Jason Lewis
UK Music Editor

Jason Lewis is a Birmingham based music, movie and arts obsessive. Jason's encyclopedic knowledge of 80s/90s Arts films is a debt to his embedded status in the Triangle Arts Centre trenches back then.

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