13 November 2016

Sleaford Mods - TCR EP

Welcome, welcome, welcome; it is time to review the latest offering from the mighty Sleaford Mods.  Now, I have reviewed the three albums from them (you can read those reviews on this link) and basically each album is a piece of art and anarchy for me, yeah they swear a lot but who the fuck care!  They are a poetic duo for me, people who have come up from hard places and tell it how it is with a weary eye of the world.  Basically, they are one of my favourite bands and I really like them; however, I am also someone who likes to be honest to bands as well - bands need to be told when things are going right, but they need to know when it goes wrong as well.  So, after three top draw reviews, will this be the fourth or will it be a stop gap?

01 - T.C.R.

I will be honest, this song starts off with the bassline of a song by the Strokes (sorry guys, but it is a weak tune to the words here), the bassline and light keyboard to the back music just do not grab me at all.  But the bite of Jason Williamson towards the end of the song are as hard hitting as you would expect.  It is the sound of a man who is older than his spirit and he is seeing the world in a different way to the rest of the world.  When he starts to get into the groove towards the end of the song, it comes to life - but it is just before the end and it takes a while.  I want to like this song, but I am not feeling it at all and it feels a little light in places sadly.

02 - I Can Tell

'I Can Tell' is cut from the same cloth as 'Tarantula Deadly Cargo' from 'Key Markets' with that slow and methodical pace with some harsh social commentary draped over the top of the lyrics.  It is a decent number that goes to basics with a simple drum machine behind it and it feels like it is biting and aggressive­­ from beginning to the end - that is all I want from this band and it completes the job with distinction.

03 - Britain First

Now this is more like it, this has the right mix of social commentary and a groove in the music that gives the perfect aggressive poetry and that minimalist backing track that makes this band so special.  It is a subtle number and this is where this band work so well; they are brash and loud with a mouth that would make many Northern comedians blush, but my deity they are fucking on the pound with this number.  It is a social commentary about the hard life on the social that is a reality for a lot of people, through no fault of their own and the Government are being (to put a polite spin on it) cunts and violent about it at times through underhanded movements.  I love this number and it has such a brilliant bassline.

04 - Dad's Corner

As the EP moves on, the songs seem to pick up traction with a heavier and gritter perspective on the world.  This time it is with another heavy bassline, minimal drum machine and a rant against the world; this is a short, sharp and aggressive number with one of the best performance from the band.  I like the difference on this song as it has passion in the background and the vocals are sung, instead of being spat out with a machine gun delivery.  It is still with passion, but it is musical and it is complete beautiful - this song is the stand out track on the track and keeps it simple.

05 - You're A Nottshead

This is another great number from the Sleaford Mods here, a song that is hitting in a lot of directions with hits about the youth not really knowing how it is for older people, fashions being smashed into pieces and all to another piece of simple music that has that hypnotic noise that makes this band so appealing.  It never changes as it is just a background to the sermon that is delivered with a passion and fearsome anger.  It ends so soon as well, but it is better to be short and to the point than laboured and drawn out.

This EP takes a while to get going if I am honest, the first two songs are not on par with the rest of their material so far and I can sort of see why 'T.C.R.' was the lead track from here, it was not the best choice and was probably only made into a video so they could play with Scalextric (if you have an excuse, of course you would).  But it ends a hell of a lot better than it starts, showing that there is still fire in the belly and it is still there the world is still a target for their social commentary.  For my money, I would have made 'Dad's Corner' the title track, it had everything going for it in my books. I have no illusions about what this release is, it is a stop gap till the next big release and it makes sense to have another EP remind the world that the angry is still brewing and remind us that the Sleaford Mods are still here; so, whilst it might not have been in the same league as their other releases for me, it ends on some quality tunes and it shows the fire is still alive, a good release and until next time sirs.

3.5 out of five -Decent, getting there

Top track - Dad's Corner

You can purchase the T.C.R. EP on Amazon here.

You can visit the Sleaford Mods website here.

You can follow the activities of Sleaford Mods on Facebook here.

You can stream the T.C.R. EP on Tidal here.

You can stream the T.C.R. EP on Spotify here.

At the time of writing, the T.C.R. EP is not on Deezer.

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