Sleaford Mods are rapidly becoming one of my favourite bands. At first I was far from sure about, wondering what the appeal was in this middle aged man ranting over some minimal riffs and beats, but the more I listened the more I understood. The lyrics are both angry and hilarious, filled with scathing indictments of the emptiness of modern Britain, but they also have a rhythm and poetry to them. It takes time to tune your ears in to this, but it’s there. Likewise, the music backing these words doesn’t seem much at first, but it some becomes apparent that the minimalism makes for the perfect platform.
New album ‘English Tapas’ is full of gems, but ‘Time Sands’ has become a particular favourite. A slow, lolloping number, rather than the rush of words which pour out of Jason’s mouth in a typical Sleaford Mods track, the lines here are more considered, melodic almost. It provides a needed change of pace in an otherwise fairly relentless album.
There were so many great songs to choose from in 2015, so to narrow it down to 11 I had to ask myself, which were the songs I listened to on repeat throughout the year? Even then, I was only able to narrow it down to 11 rather than the more traditional ten. So, here goes:
11. De Lux – Oh Man the Future
De Lux were our new band of the month back in September, but this was always my favourite song of theirs by far. As compelling and catchy as a paranoid rant about the future can be.
10. Leftfield and Sleaford Mods – Head and Shoulders
Sleaford Mods were perhaps the most divisive band of the year, as became apparent when a friend mentioned this track on Facebook. The split was pretty even between those who thought it was the worst thing they’d ever heard, and those who love it. I wasn’t sure at first, but grew to love it, with Leftield’s bassy electronic rumblings proving a perfect match for Sleaford Mods’ surrealist, angry ranting.