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Sleaford Mods to play Nottingham Motorpoint Arena on tour in support of Spare Ribs album

A hometown gig is on the cards for electronic punk duo Sleaford Mods when they tour later this year in support of their latest album.

The duo ­— frontman Jason Williamson and producer Andrew Fearn ­— have announced a gig at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, on Saturday, November 27.

It follows the release of their sixth studio album, Spare Ribs.

Sleaford Mods (43957022)
Sleaford Mods (43957022)

Featuring Amy Taylor, of Melbourne punks Amyl and The Sniffers, and the British newcomer Billy Nomates, it rails against what they describe as the UK Government’s sense of entitlement, epitomised by its approach to the coronavirus crisis.

One of the songs on the album, Shortcummings, was written five months before shamed political adviser Dominic Cummings embarked on his infamous trip to Barnard Castle.

“I could see some things developing. I got quite interested in what he was about,” says Jason, adding that the song deals with “the disorientation being caused by his ideologies.”

That song emerged from an initial January session at JT Soar Studio in the band’s native Nottingham, a period of creativity that led to four of the songs on Spare Ribs.

Sleaford Mods continued to work separately during lockdown, but something wasn’t working.

“The songs I’d worked on that Andrew had sent me weren’t very good,” Jason admits.

“We flung the rest of the album face-to-face.”

Reunited for a furious two-week studio blitz at JT Soar in July, he and Andrew crafted the rest of their new 13-song album.

It was released last week through Rough Trade Records.

The duo will head out on an 11-date tour in November, coronavirus restrictions permitting.

Tickets are on sale now from the arena website.

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