Q&A with Sleaford Mods

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One of our favourite bands of recent times, Sleaford Mods released arguably their best work to date this year, with their critically acclaimed album, Spare Ribs. I caught up with Jason to discuss the success of the album, as well as fashion and how he has been dealing with life in lockdown. Pour yourself a beer and jump on in…

Morning Jason, how’s lockdown life treating you?

Hello. Yeah, I’ve had enough to be honest with you.

You’re enjoying critical acclaim for your latest album, Spare Ribs, were you surprised with the feedback?

Yeah definitely. We’re 6 albums in and we write a milestone record. It’s weird, but I’m not complaining.

I must say I’m loving it – how do you think you’ve grown as a band?

Cheers! It’s hard after a few years. You need to think about it and be honest with yourself. Also you need to watch things, take note.

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We’re big into fashion here at CC, you’re sporting a Hawkwood Mercantile jacket on the album cover – big fan?

I love it. Love Richard’s shit! It reminds me of old scooter boy stuff weirdly but also he’s got that classic thing going off as well. It’s a bit of lad stuff. A bit of this and that. I like all that.

What other brands are you fans of?

All the greats. Currently… it’s Gucci, Prada, Hawkwood and Nike.

You recently designed a jacket too – how did that come about?

Piilgrim got in touch and I liked the fact they were interested for a start. Plus, they’re a growing business, fully operational but not in your face. Obviously big brands are nice but the smaller Ops need looking at too. The skateboard thing is interesting as well. We get a lot of skaters into SM, which is special.

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When you formed way back in 2007 did you ever imagine you would enjoy the success you have?

No. Not at all. I wanted it, I knew it was good enough but most of my life was met with disappointment and personal failure so I never imaged we would get there.

What’s your favourite single you have released and why?

I didn’t like it when we did it, but it’s Jobseeker. I guess. It’s the classic period stuff I guess that’s important. Recently? Mork N Mindy definitely. If you can hold your own going forward, and we do, then you’re laughing!

How has COVID effected your creative process – I bet you can’t wait to get back on tour?

I miss gigs, yeah. Did it affect our output? No.

What’s your favourite venue to play?

I’ll be honest, any of them.

What other interest do you have music aside?

Loads. I love buying clothes, it’s a fucking world of yes, yes! I like exercise too. Acting also. I’ve been doing a bit of that lately.

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You’re not afraid to talk politics on Twitter – what are your views on the recent Government scandals?

I’m off twitter at the minute. It got a bit tense and I had to pull myself of it. Pathetic innit! The gov are a never-ending sack of shit. I don’t even vote anymore.

What bands or artists are you listening to at the minute?

Dry Cleaning album works.

What’s your creative process when writing a new record?

Many, many layers. We prep for ages, I write lyrics over the beats Andrew sends. Re-work them until they work, then execution.

Hailing from Nottingham, how much does your surroundings play into your sound?

A lot, or it did. I’ve become very settled in Ruthin myself, and domestically, so now I’m not so sure if I feed off it like I did. More so what I see around me and these days I’m travelling a lot more, or was before lockdown.

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What are your plans for the rest of the year?

Wait for gigs. Try and stay off Twitter. Exercise.

Finally, can you summarise your sound in only 3 words…

Still really good.

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