Sleaford Mods on Brexit: “You just can’t ignore things any more”

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Frontman Jason Williamson has spoken on the fall-out from the outcome of June's EU Referendum

Sleaford Mods frontman Jason Williamson has said that “you can’t ignore things any more” in regards to the ongoing fall-out from the Brexit vote in the UK.

Williamson, who forms one half of the Nottingham-based duo with producer Andrew Fearn, has been regularly praised for his socially and politcally-minded lyrics for Sleaford Mods. The band signed with Rough Trade earlier this year, and will release a new album in 2017.

Speaking to The Guardian ahead of a recent gig at Nottingham’s Rock City, Williamson said that the fall-out from the Brexit vote has opened his and many other people’s eyes to the state of Britain in 2016. “How I feel – and a lot of other people feel – is that you just can’t ignore things any more,” he said. “If you’ve got any self-respect, then you can’t ignore things any more.”

Williamson also rejected the suggestion that his band were the “sound of Brexit Britain.”

“I certainly wouldn’t think I’m any kind of voice of anything at the minute,” Williamson countered. “Y’know, the working classes are feeling alienated; there was a massive turn-out for the working classes with the [Brexit] vote. I just think: ‘No, not really – it’s just a load of crap, isn’t it?’

“[Brexit voters said] ‘Well, we’ve got to get the country back’ – really? What country? Whose country is that? It’s never belonged to the people. Blaming minorities for this, that, and the other – it’s just fear, isn’t it? A lot of people still are unwilling to come to terms with the truth. You feel pain, sorrow, hate constantly for the people who are drawing up the rules.

“And it’s not going to go away, is it? We’re not going to wake up tomorrow morning and everything’s going to be OK. So the music that we make and the lyrics that I write reflect that – we just roll along with the pain of that, don’t we?”