You can’t win them all. Even if you’re Sleaford Mods. For me, the abrasive Nottingham electro-punk duo’s most recent album Eton Alive was kind of, well, meh — at least in comparison to the earlier, rawer releases. But until Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn follow it up with a new studio disc, I’m plenty chuffed to make do with All That Glue, a generous compilation of fan faves, B-sides, rarities and previously unreleased treasures from 2013 onward. And for those who still aren’t up to speed on these guys, this 22-track set makes a fine introduction to Williamson’s unhinged, razor-sharp rants and Fearn’s basement-band demo tracks. That oughta hold ya.
THE PRESS RELEASE: “Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn stepped out of 2019 with a Top Ten album under their belt, Eton Alive, their biggest sold-out tour to date and the swagger of a band that have never been more relevant, topically challenging and downright entertaining. Sleaford Mods are set to continue their onslaught into 2020 with the release of All That Glue, a collection of songs spanning the last seven years of the band’s career; an array of crowd pleasers, B-sides, unheard tracks and rarities for fans and the curious. Over the past few years Sleaford Mods have become one of the most intractable British pop stories. One of its best. Their music is drawn at a flawless fault-line of anger, tenderness and humour, a triumvirate of raw energy which frequently jostles in the space of a cadence for supremacy. On record you can hear their sinews, live you can touch their veins.”