Slaves on recent Sleaford Mods criticism: ‘It’s hardly sending out a positive message to people’

Nottingham duo previously labelled Tunbridge Wells band 'fucking appalling' and 'a pile of shit'

Slaves have refused to “stir things up” by responding to recent comments made about the group by Sleaford Mods.

The Nottingham duo have made numerous public comments about the Tunbridge Wells band over the past few months, initially describing them as “fucking appalling” and accusing Slaves of “ripping us off”.

Sleaford Mods later performed at Glastonbury Festival immediately after a Slaves set, taking another swipe at the band by labelling them their “support band” and comparing them to Take That.

Speaking to NME for the cover feature of this week’s print issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, Slaves refused to be drawn into a rivalry with their punk counterparts.

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Quizzed by NME on Sleaford Mods’ remarks, the band’s Isaac Holman replied simply: “I’ve got nothing to say about that”.

Holman later accused NME of “just trying to stir up shit” between the two bands, saying that getting involved in a slanging match “is hardly sending out a positive message to people”.

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Speaking in Crack Magazine earlier this year, Sleaford Mods frontman Jason Williamson said of Slaves: “I think they’re a pile of shit”.

“They’re doing my pose in photos, ripping us off. We met them at Beacons festival [in Yorkshire] last year and they asked if me and Andrew [Fearn, bandmate] would be interested in writing something for the album, and I said no. They looked like a [mid-’80s jazz pop outfit] Matt Bianco sort of thing, and now they’re trying to play this working class game. I think they’re fucking appalling.”

Slaves took to Twitter to respond to the comments in a jovial fashion, writing: “Differences aside we can still be mates right? live and let live????? Guys???”

Slaves released their debut album ‘Are You Satisfied?’ in June, reaching Number Eight in the UK Albums Chart. Sleaford Mods’ latest record ‘Key Markets’ came out earlier this month.

Sleaford Mods will tour the UK during September and October. They play the following live dates:

Manchester Ritz (September 23)
Carlisle Brickyard (24)
Newcastle Northumbria Uni (25)
Leeds Irish Centre (28)
Birmingham Institute (29)
Cardiff Y-Plan (October 1)
London Forum (2)
Bristol Bierkeller (4)
Bournemouth Fire Station (5)
Brighton The Old Market (6)
Cambridge Junction (8)
Nottingham Rock City (9)

Slaves tour during November, playing:

Bristol Anson Rooms (November 14)
Cardiff Student Union (15)
Portsmouth Pyramid (16)
Norwich Waterfront (18)
Glasgow O2 ABC (19)
Newcastle University (20)
Manchester Ritz (20)
Leeds Becketts Student Union (20)
Liverpool O2 Academy 2 (24)
Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (25)
London Forum (27)