SLEAFORD MODS ENGLISH TAPAS Import CD / Red Vinyl LP / Standard Black Vinyl LP IN STORES MARCH 3
Sleaford Mods are pleased to announce the release of their new album ‘ENGLISH TAPAS’, released via
Rough Trade Records on March 3rd, 2017.
The album, recorded at Steve Mackey’s (Pulp) West Heath Garage studios in London, UK, is available
on CD, limited edition red vinyl for the initial pressing and a black vinyl version.
Sleaford Mods are the duo of vocalist Jason Williamson and musician Andrew Fearn, who provides the
beats. Iggy Pop calls them “Undoubtedly, absolutely, definitely the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.”
Jason Williamson discusses ‘English Tapas’: “Andrew walked into some random pub and saw “English
Tapas” scrawled on the menu board. Underneath this beautiful coupling of words were it’s components,
half a scotch egg, cup of chips, pickle and a mini pork pie.” It says everything about this fucking place.
It’s comedy, it’s make do, it’s ignorant and above all, it’s shit.”
Ahead of the album, Sleaford Mods have shared the first single and video, “B.H.S.” The song takes its
title from a defunct department store chain, whose prior owner, billionaire retail tycoon Sir Philip Green,
sold the company for just £1 in 2015. The chain was shuttered in the summer of 2016, and 11,000 jobs
were lost, as well as £571 million from the pension fund, leaving 22,000 former employees without
Following release, Sleaford Mods will embark on their first ever North American tour, including April 1 at
The Opera House in Toronto, moved up from Lee’s Palace and already very close to sold out.
Also coming in 2017 is Christine Franz’s ‘Bunch of Kunst’ – the definitive Sleaford Mods film. Taking
over two years to record, it charts the rise of the band from back street pub venues to rock arenas. The
film will be released in early in the year. Watch teaser http://www.bunchofkunst.com/. “This documentary
film is the perfect antidote to those sexy, racy, rocknroll yawns most bands hide behind. We are indeed A
Bunch of Kunst.” – Jason Williamson
“Combining minimal electronica with inventive expletives and astute social commentary, the duo manage
to turn imagery that would otherwise feel depressing and downtrodden into something humorous and
often painfully familiar.” – Line Of Best Fit
“It’s essentially angry swearing atop rudimentary bedroom synth sounds. But that would be reckoning
without Jason Williamson’s supremely entertaining delivery.” – The Guardian
“The delivery is relentless.” – Mojo
Call them minimalist agit-rock, beat-based political punk, or…don’t, but what you can’t call Sleaford Mods
is half-arsed. They’re aggressive, abrasive, and unabashed in their lyrical support for England’s working
class and in railing against the oligarchs who deny people their basic human and civil rights.
Vocalist Jason Wiliamson shouts against austerity-era Britain’s malaise and stagnation with plenty of
profanity, but even more cleverness and wit; and while his lyrics specify conditions in his home country,
his anger and call-to-arms can unite all of us who witness and work under a system that privileges the
wealth of the few over the bare comfort, and even the survival, of the just-as-worthy many.
With Andrew Fearn’s deceptively simple beats and melodies underpinning Williamson’s virtuosic vocal
performances, this would be a fascinating record, message or no; but the drive, meaning, and
compassion behind these catchy, and even dancefloor-ready tunes make this album as vital politically as
it is artistically.
Sleaford Mods are at their sneering, yowling best with English Tapas.