Release Date: May 15, 2020
Record label: Rough Trade
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Encountered for the first time, Sleaford Mods can be a slightly daunting, impenetrable experience. The Nottingham-based duo's defiantly unpolished combination of frenetic, rudimentary beats, scabrous punk and vitriolic, expletive-laden lyrics - spat out by singer Jason Williamson in a broad East Midlands accent - could never be described as easy listening: and this is coming from a reviewer born and brought up down the road from the Mods in Derby. Formed back in 2009, when Williamson, after years as a session musician and aspiring singer-songwriter, was already approaching 40, Sleaford Mods have gradually evolved their sound through the years from the distinctive basic ingredients present at the very beginning.
Since their breakthrough in the mid-2010s, Sleaford Mods have remained as prolific as they are angry. Along with releasing a slew of albums, they issued enough singles, EPs, and rarities to fill out their own ample compilation. All That Glue, a roughly chronological set of album tracks, B-sides, and more that spans seven years of the Mods' career, isn't a greatest hits or odds 'n' sods collection in the strictest sense of either, but it does speak to the consistency of Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn's music.
The story of Sleaford Mods is as fascinating as the duo's body of work, musically they never fail to surprise. Questioning and topical, their urge to push forward has earned Britain's punk duo popularity and commercial success. Although success often brings its own set of challenges, it can raise questions about the 'legitimacy' to explore themes of social injustice and political disillusion, but Jason Williamson isn't scared to address such considerations in public.