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“IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO TO FACE MYSELF, AND TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT WHO I WAS AND HAVE THE BOLLOCKS TO THINK, ‘WELL THIS COULD ALL GO OFF THE PLATE. IF I TURN SOBER, IT COULD TURN TO SHIT OR IT COULD TURN INTERESTING’ AND I THINK IT’S GOT INTERESTING…”

JASON WILLIAMSON SLEAFORD MODS

These are strange days to live in the United Kingdom. In a time of mutual incomprehension and even loathing, revealed by the Brexit vote and underscored in its aftermath, the politics of the country are toxic, noisy and imbued wiTha barely suppressed violence. Yet there’s simultaneously an air of quiet desperation, and of living through groundhog days.

“People seem to be unresponsive now, kind of numb and not shocked at all, almost beaten into a quiet submission,” says that most consistently acute of observers of food-bank Britain, Sleaford Mods’ frontman Jason Williamson. “My wife cleverly called it austerity fatigue and she’s right.” We are, says Williamson, living through weirdly “static” days where people have become worn down by a combination of anger and the sheer struggle of just getting through to tomorrow. It’s a bleak vision, but one that recurs in the Sleafords’ new album, Eton Alive.

“This has become so powerful that it’s just rendered people motionless and I wanted to try and bring this across,” says Williamson, “this idea of an abandoned ship almost, just floating, and all around it are carcasses, people floating, dead people, to give an idea of the people living on the streets.

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