• Aled Vernon-Rees

Sleaford Mods at The LCR – Review

The last time the electric punk duo Sleaford Mods played Norwich was the Waterfront in the May of 2015. The second I wandered into the LCR it became apparent this had been a return people had been waiting for. The room was packed full of people of all ages (though I must have been one of the youngest there) wearing an array of the bands merch eagerly anticipating the entrance of the duo.

Unfortunately, I missed support act Nachthexen due to helping the wonderful show that is Garage Rock Racket, but from what I’ve heard of the Sheffield four piece I’m certain they filled the LCR with their raucous synth pop. After some light shuffling through the crowd I placed myself at the back of the room waiting for the main event. About 15 minutes before the band’s starting time music maestro Andrew Fearn casually wanders on to stage with his backpack on to unload his laptop on the stage. Earnestly chatting to the front row as he did so, it was clear from this just how down to earth the duo is. After said 15 minutes the group emerged onto the stage to the amazing song that is ‘Male Stripper’ by Man 2 Man Meet Man Parrish, going straight into their song ‘I feel so wrong’. Jason Williamson put so much energy into shouting the words for this song I couldn’t see how he could keep it up for the rest of the set, especially as it was the second last date of their tour. To my surprise he proved me wrong going all out for hits like ‘T.C.R’ and ‘Jolly F**ker’. He constantly engaged the crowd with his camp movements and raw magnetism, while Andrew stood by his computer nodding along to the electro punk hits.

After the set finished there was a raucous applaud from the crowd. Few people would enjoy being sworn out for the best part of an hour but Sleaford Mods swearing about austerity over some big beats creates a more than applaud worthy show. They then came back on stage for an incredible encore which included two of my favourite Sleaford Mods song’s ‘Tied Up in Nottz’ and ‘Jobseeker’. This was a fantastic ending to a high energy show, knowing only a handful of songs I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Every song had me staring at the stage, this band are clearly something special.

During all the gigs on Sleaford Mods tour they had collection buckets for Shelter at the doors. This is a good summary of the band, as the gig made clear this is a kind band that cares and want to make whatever difference they can.

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