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.