Raucous electro-punk duo Sleaford Mods released their new single ‘Nudge It’ today, featuring vocals from the rambunctious Australian punk-rocker – and Amyl and the Sniffers front-woman – Amy Taylor. The single is the final preview of their upcoming album ‘Spare Ribs’, set to be release January 15th.
Characteristically ordained in copious chip-on-shoulder sentiment, ‘Nudge It’ rails against class tourism, condemning the exploitation of working class environments for the aesthetic benefit of the posing upper class. Lead vocalist Jason Williamson illuminates his message with descriptions of these class-hopping villains: “Stood outside a high-rise trying to act like a gangster,” he repeats, like a demonic mantra to cool his own infuriation. Taylor’s own verse keeps the contempt and attitude at fever pitch, eventually joining Williamson in the chorus as they berate the inconsiderate posers.
Accompanying the single is a typical low-rent, high-attitude Mods music video, featuring Williamson, Taylor and other Mods musician, Andrew Fearn. The video presents all three artists walking and shouting down the derelict streets where such photo shoots might occur. Within the descriptive section of the YouTube video, however – a more subdued and sincere plea for such actions to cease taking place.
Williamson comments: “Imagine you’ve got limited options, unsure how you’re getting by that week, looking out the window of the damp flat you don’t want to live in, and seeing a bunch of posers having a photo shoot because ‘cool architecture bro, we feel your pain’.
“Reduced circumstance isn’t a pantomime. If you haven’t lived within its confines don’t use it to enamour your ideas. It confuses the platform for those that truly live it and more often than not buries creative breakthroughs because the arena is polluted by the view of their world through someone else’s privileged lense.
“So beware the eager networkers, don’t settle for the 20p payout, nudge it, pop the posers. And don’t apologise for the fucker either.”
‘Spare Ribs’ is the duo’s sixth LP, following last year’s ‘All That Glue‘. The new album features 13 tracks including three singles: ‘Shortcummings’, ‘Mork n mindy’ and now ‘Nudge It‘. Nine fewer tracks than ‘All That Glue’, but delivered with “crisp urgency and precision” according to Clash.
Along with their new album, the Sleaford Mods are premiering a new, hour-long TV show – aptly dubbed SMTV – on 16th January at 8pm GMT, featuring appearances from Amy Taylor, previous collaborator Billy Nomates, rock legend Iggy Pop and more, as well as live footage from their 100 Club livestream. The Sleaford Mods are scheduled to take the new album on tour late this year, including a first headline arena show in their hometown of Nottingham. Find their full 2021 tour schedule below.
17/11/2021 – Academy – Manchester
18/11 – Barrowland – Glasgow
21/11 – Olympia – Dublin
24/11 – O2 Academy Newcastle – Newcastle
25/11 – O2 Academy Liverpool – Liverpool
26/11 – O2 Academy Oxford – Oxford
27/11 – Motorpoint Arena – Nottingham
30/11 – Tramshed – Cardiff
1/12 – O2 Academy Bristol – Bristol
2/12 – Printworks – London
3/12 – Dome – Brighton