John Harris

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Sleaford Mods: ‘Most days I’d only have enough money for a Mars bar and a can of Special Brew’

They may be the gobbiest band in the UK just ask Miles Kane but there’s a political fury behind their angry missives

Jason Williamson decides the best place for our interview is a central Nottingham branch of Caffè Nero, where we start talking about the kind of music perhaps a little too soaked in classicism and pastiche for its own good. There follows a brief exchange about Miles Kane, the Wirral-born, Arctic Monkeys-associated, mod-pop solo artist much loved, as it turns out, by the woman who serves us. With a look of amused mischief, Williamson then reaches for his phone, and shows me a tweet he fired off to Kane when the latter bigged up Williamson’s group, and tried to become one of their followers. It informs Kane: "This music was born out of a hate for pretenders like you. You can either leave gracefully or I will block you."

As an example of Sleaford Mods’ essential view of the world, this is illuminating though so are no end of other comments on the band’s Twitter feed (from this year’s Glastonbury weekend: "I thought the dog had shit in my hair but then realised Kasabian were fucking playing"), and the range of targets in Williamson’s lyrics: among them Kate Moss’s husband Jamie Hince of the Kills, Oasis, a former member of the acid house-era flash-in-the-pans Candy Flip, and no end of bêtes noires known only to him and his friends. I ask him an obvious question: are his words and indication of what it is like in his head? "The rage?" he wonders. "Yeah. That’s why Sleaford Mods is. Definitely."

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