Sleaford Mods: ‘Slaves are ripping us off’

Nottingham band criticise the Tunbridge Wells punk duo in a new interview

Sleaford Mods have hit out at Tunbridge Wells duo Slaves, accusing the band of ripping them off.

Sleaford Mods will release their new album ‘Key Markets’ during July, recently speaking to Crack Magazine ahead of the release. In a cover feature for the latest issue of the print publication, frontman Jason Williamson hits out at Slaves, describing them as “fucking appalling”.

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“I think they’re a pile of shit,” Williamson is quoted as saying. “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 later took to Twitter to respond. See their tweets below.


‘Key Markets’, which will be released via Harbinger Sound, follows the Nottingham duo’s last record ‘Divide And Exit’, one of NME’s Albums of 2014.

The album touches on “the delusion of grandeur and the pointlessness of government politics”, Williamson said in a statement. He added: “It’s a classic. Fuck em.” Recorded in mid-late 2014, the record is named after a supermarket in Williamson’s hometown of Grantham.

Meanwhile, Slaves recently cancelled a gig in Sheffield during May after singer-drummer Isaac Hollman was hospitalised for “an accident involving a kitchen knife”. Announcing the cancellation via the band’s Twitter, Hollman explained that he “won’t be able to play drums for a little while” after the incident.

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)