Back in October, we declared Sleaford Mods the “most important band in the UK”, ready to give the establishment a verbal kick in the ass and intent on redefining the notion of a punk band in the 21st century. Hell, we gave them the distinction based on being seemingly the only British band with something to say. Since then, the outspoken and fed-up Nottingham duo have lived up to the billing, calling out pretty much everyone and laying down minimal spoken-word art-pop that’s way catchier than they’d probably ever admit.
Today, fresh off a conquering weekend set at Glastonbury Festival — a performance that elicited a “Fuck off Glastonbury!” from ranter Jason Williamson, and one that the UK’s Telegraph, of all publications, called “mesmerizing” — the Mods are back with a new video for “Tarantula Deadly Cargo.” It’s a taste of new LP Key Markets, out July 24 via abstract-punk label Harbinger Sound, and it definitely a bit more melodic than some of their previous, more rigid rap-based work.
The “Tarantula Deadly Cargo” clip was directed and produced by Simon Parfrement, and you can check it out below. The second we hear of any North American gigs for Sleaford Mods — they played a one-off New York date around Thanksgiving last year, but that was it — we’ll relay the good word.
And here’s a highlight from Glasto, while we’re at it…