Last year, the Nottingham-based duo released their eighth studio album, Key Markets (2015), and although their most recent sound may not be that much different to their previous work, it encapsulates everything that makes Sleaford Mods so relatable and captivating. Vocalist Jason Williamson (co-founder) began working with musician Andrew Fearn in 2012 and it’s these two who form the current lineup—Simon Parfrement was the other co-founder and previous band member, but left in 2012. The band’s name is a reference to the Lincolnshire town of Sleaford that’s close to where Williamson grew up, and his singing style can be described as sprechgesang—a technique that lies somewhere between singing and speaking. Combined with the East Midlands twang to Williamson’s voice, their gritty, post-punk sound will fill the whole of Sala Apolo and have the audience mesmerised. Politically charged and with aggressive lyrics, Sleaford Mods’ music offers hard-hitting songs that often focus on political and social issues faced in Britain at the moment.
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