Nottingham noise makers Sleaford Mods returned to Manchester on Wednesday evening, with a few thousand eager fans braving the chilly conditions and making their way to Victoria Warehouse. The band are currently on a UK tour, having played in most major UK cities to promote their latest album ‘UK GRIM’.
UK GRIM is the duo (consisting of Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn) and is the fourth album to make the UK’s top ten since they started back in 2007. The post punkers keep their stage minimalist, in matching shorts (despite the cold) the pair danced around the stage to electronica fuelled verses of class culture and the state of the economy, with anger towards the tories (usually welcome, especially with a Manchester audience).
Speaking of tory bashing, their latest track ‘Smash Each Other Up’ is a ferocious attack on the state of British politics, with Williamson’s drum machine furiously hammering beats that vibrate right into your soul! Fan favourites ‘Giddy on the Ciggies’ and new track which has sampled Pet Shop Boys ‘West End Girls’ went down a treat!
The Mods are so much more than a shouty band, they’re a shouty band with intelligence, often overlooked due to their youthful dress sense and baseball caps, but they have a following and they have passion. Mosh pits formed very soon after the band entered the stage, as impassioned and chaotic as Williamson’s vocals.
This duo have a contrasting stage presence, with Fearn dancing about haphazardly, (as he has already pre-programmed the beats) whilst Williamson remains stationary and driven. It is a unique pairing, and having gone from smaller stages to large venues in recent years, they still ‘fill’ the stage and absolutely fucking own it.
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