Review: Sleaford Mods at the UEA in Norwich

Sleaford Mods headling the UEA on November 8, 2017. Photo: Steve Hunt

Sleaford Mods headling the UEA on November 8, 2017. Photo: Steve Hunt - Credit: Steve Hunt

Sleaford Mods, with support from all girl four-piece Nachthexen, provided an evening of great music last night [November 8] at the UEA in Norwich.

Sleaford Mods headling the UEA on November 8, 2017. Photo: Steve Hunt

Sleaford Mods headling the UEA on November 8, 2017. Photo: Steve Hunt - Credit: Steve Hunt

The night was kicked off by Nachthexen, a four piece all girl band from Sheffield, Emma, Donna, Fiona and Olga provided the ideal lo-fi punk backdrop to compliment the main act, good tunes insightful lyrics and banter with the crowd.

Making their second visit to Norwich, this time on their English Tapas tour, Sleaford Mods strolled out onto stage at the Nick Raynes LCR, a band who are currently providing the perfect sound track to Britain's pre Brexit identity crisis.

Sleaford Mods headling the UEA on November 8, 2017. Photo: Steve Hunt

Sleaford Mods headling the UEA on November 8, 2017. Photo: Steve Hunt - Credit: Steve Hunt

Jason Williamson jerks, and twitches his way through the set, orally sandblasting the audience with his lyrics in which chancers, politicians and the general state of the country are fair game, they are rattled out with breakneck speed and his stage presence becomes mesmerising.

The sleep twitch movements are counterbalanced by Andrew Fearn's lo-fi baselines and beats which under-pin every track, providing the momentum for Williamson to expose the grubby, stained underbelly of the nation with his words.

Sleaford Mods headling the UEA on November 8, 2017. Photo: Steve Hunt

Sleaford Mods headling the UEA on November 8, 2017. Photo: Steve Hunt - Credit: Steve Hunt


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Humour and misery are intertwined, extracted from everyday life and laid bare with hooks that get your feet moving, tracks like Carlton Touts, Drayton Manored and TCR, while later in the set Williamson skewers the fat cats with B.H.S which is well received by the Norwich audience.

As a front man, he is engaging and witty, but moreover he makes you feel like he could be any working man, from any faceless town in any part of our country. That is how Sleaford Mods connect.

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If anger truly is an energy as John Lydon said then Sleaford Mods are the present day personification of that, and all the better for it.

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