Sleaford Mods have signed to Rough Trade Records.

The Nottingham duo announced the signing, which has been rumoured for the past few weeks, on Twitter yesterday.

Their signing to the legendary indie comes the week after Rough Trade celebrated its 40th birthday (founder Geoff Travis opening the doors to the first Rough Trade shop on Kensington Park Road on February 20, 1976). They join a varied roster that currently includes Parquet Courts, Warpaint, Soak, Dean Blunt, Micachu, Palma Violets, Scritti Politti, Girl Band and Alabama Shakes.

Meanwhile, the band also vented spleen against the BRIT Awards on Twitter last night, retweeting Fat White Family affiliate band The Moonlandingz, who said: “The Brits are all the proof you need that We, @FatWhiteFamily & the @sleafordmods are really all there is. Wake up Britain, you are dead.”

In related news, on March 8 Rough Trade will release a 40th Anniversary Journal, “told through the stories of over 100 contributors from the world of music, literature, art and film”. Contributors include Brian Eno, Bill Drummond, Viv Albertine, David Shrigley, Jake Arnott, Lavinia Greenlaw, Jon Savage and Melissa Harrison.

Sleaford Mods last album Key Markets came out on Harbinger Sound in 2015.