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CAMBRIDGE: Portland Arms

THU 11TH SEP, 2014 8pm

Sleaford Mods mark the release of their latest studio LP, Divide And Exit, with a series of shows around the country.

Already revered by the likes of Stewart Lee, the duo create minimalistic post-punk with bass and drum loops and the occasional burst of Toys 'R' Us keyboards set to Jason Williamson's swear-heavy, biting lyrical meditations on the general state of the UK. It's music that feels especially refreshing in its pure honesty and primal, bludgeoning attack on anyone and anything that Williamson dislikes.

Whether it's social media's increasing stranglehold ('Tweet Tweet Tweet') or Chumbawumba ('You're Brave') Sleaford Mods have a lot to say and they will.

Not to underestimate the role of Andrew Fearn, who produces the music, whose ghostly backings settle in a groove that underpins Williamson's ranting perfectly. Live, he simply presses play, lager in hand, bopping along while the other half pours out sweat while he can hardly get the words out fast enough.

Building on the success of last year's Austerity Dogs, there is a danger of Sleaford Mods actually being popular, and there really is a need for a band likes theirs at the moment.

NME 8/10
Mojo 4/5
The Times 'Massive by Christmas'
The Wire 'Nothing could be more urgent than the questions Sleaford Mods pose'
The Guardian 'Surely the most uncompromising British protest music made in years'

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