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Even voorstellen - Sleaford Mods – More UK Grim EP

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Even voorstellen - Sleaford Mods – More UK Grim EP
Out October 20, 2023 on Rough Trade Records

Watch the video for lead track ‘Big Pharma’

15/10 – Belgium – Antwerp – De Roma (SOLD OUT)

Fresh from supporting Blur at Wembley Stadium, Sleaford Mods are getting set for some of their biggest ever UK and Europe dates this autumn with the release of a new six track EP MORE UK GRIM, on October 20, 2024.

Recorded at the same time as their acclaimed 2023 album UK GRIM, the freshly released songs continue Andrew Fearn and Jason Williamson’s dance floor dominance. With their signature mix of insight, wit, outrage and compassion, they critique and celebrate our turbulent times. Lead single 'Big Pharma’ features the same ‘take no prisoners’ lyrical approach as their most recent album while it casts a doubtful eye down the ‘truther’ wormhole. Entwined around a slinky bass riff, the track displays the two-piece at their most musically dexterous. The track is accompanied by a sharply satirical animated video directed by Sean Sears, who has applied his distinctive, stylized vision to examining the consequences of a health ‘philosophy’ that prizes drinking urine over carefully researched medical treatments.

“Big Pharma was written in the opening chapters of autumn 2022 when Covid kicked in again. It carries a lot of the normal Sleaford Mods absurdism, but also looks at the ongoing fascination with trying to find truths in information wholly pushed by very questionable people,” explains frontman Jason Williamson. “The term ‘Big Pharma’ has been uprooted from its original place, one that rightly threw critique at the pharmaceutical industry as it produced more and more products that would ruin lives on a mass scale. Instead now, Big Pharma is more familiar as a term used by right wing and industrial groups trying to mask the financial aims of their arguments with some kind of critical thinking panache-type legitimacy. It just feels wrong. It feeds on hopelessness, widespread fear and generations of unfettered misinformation linked to the limited critical perception we as the masses are burdened with.”

Williamson adds that Sleaford Mods’ song does not excuse those peddling the terms as part of some sort of faceless political/industrial complex, as it also pokes fun at keyboard warriors who really should engage their own brains before posting. “There has to be lots of personal responsibility held to account too,” he suggests. “Recently Big Pharma has been adopted by the anti trans movement, so you can see that high performance bigotry and personal financial interest are never too far away. Much like the next version of the latest smart phone, the features are largely the same.”

Alongside lead single ‘Big Pharma', the MORE UK GRIM EP also features four previously unavailable tracks, 'Under The Rules', 'Old Nottz', 'PO Crazeh' and 'My 18hr Girdle’. “Old Nottz carries on from tunes like DIY, and centres more on local resentment for Sleaford Mods and my own perceived, helpless fall into material conformity,” explains Williamson. “Under The Rules, carries some of this sentiment, while the title of 18 Hr Girdle was taken from an old 70s advert for women’s girdles and it looks at how male identity, although hard pressed currently under this cloud of Alpha Male dominance, is changing. PO Crazeh is a mesh of absurdist, political one-liners and daft shit, basically – enjoy!”

The EP comes as Fearn and Williamson hit the road next month, kicking off a continent-wide set of European dates before returning to Britain for some of their biggest gigs yet. These include a night at London’s Alexandra Palace on December 2, which boasts on the undercard the duo’s acclaimed labelmates Special Interest, the extremely suave John Grant and “the world’s greatest living stand-up comedian”, Stewart Lee. Electronic titans Hot Chip will also DJ at the show.


 01) Under The Rules

02) Old Nottz

03) Big Pharma 

04) PO Crazeh

05) My 18hr Girdle

06) Old Nottz (Alt mix)

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  • Datum: 2023-09-14
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