Release Date: Nov 24, 2014
Record label: Ipecac
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
No one could describe Sleaford Mods as an overnight success: Jason Williamson started releasing music under the name eight years ago. But the sheer speed at which they’ve shifted from underground concern to cause célèbre is still striking. Until this time last year, the music of Williamson and Andrew Fearn largely existed under the radar:, their press supporters mainly consisting of an unlikely alliance between the Nottingham Evening Post and avant-garde music journal the Wire.
Too few 21st century artists give the impression that nothing is sacred. Not so with Sleaford Mods, who are just as prolific as they are angry. Inspired by bad music, social injustice, and hypocrisy, Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn will likely never run out of fodder for new songs. Fortunately, Chubbed Up, which gathers songs from their 2013 and 2014 singles and EPs -- most of which didn't appear on the albums they released during that time, Austerity Dogs and Divide and Exit -- shows the duo can maintain their music's brilliant fury while cranking out songs as fast as they can record them.
Sleaford Mods have been around for eight years, but over the last 12 months, their star has truly risen. As a singles collection Chubbed Up+ acts as a fairly comprehensive overview of the band for those wanting to find out exactly what the fuss is all about. Anyone put off by the “mods” part of their name can breathe easily, for the closest they get to Weller et al is in ramping up the social commentary of That’s Entertainment or Pretty Green to boiling point and beyond.