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Tiswas EP by Sleaford Mods

Tiswas EP
November 24, 2014
John Wilson

The gist

A short, sharp shock from a genuine contender for the title of the best band in Britain.

The music

Following on from this year’s superb state of the nation address Divide and Exit, Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn return with yet more caustic comment. Originally found on the aforementioned previous album, “Tiswas” leads the EP with the self-explanatory “Bunch of Cunts” following, wherein Williamson breathlessly expresses his utter disgust about city life in general with its references to “lost souls” and even taking Dr Dre to task for his ubiquitous “shit” Beats Headphones.

The EP also offers 3 other pieces of fresh bile, namely “The Demon”, “The Mail Don’t Fail” and “6 Horsemen (The Brixtons)”. Of the 3, the latter is the most effective (and funniest), carried by a repetitive bass line it sarcastically depicts the farce of drug use in order to fulfil the image of a typical “rock star”, and contains the priceless lines “Johnny Borrell fucks off to an island for 4 months at the height of his fame/Was the country bothered?/Was it fuck.”

With the Tiswas EP, Williamson and Fearn have again demonstrated that they are a vital voice within the wilderness of what is oft-described as “austerity Britain” and are a stark and sometimes humorous reminder of the day to day injustices found within.

Listen to

“Bunch of Cunts” – the sense of frustration and rage is undeniable.

“6 Horsemen (The Brixtons)” – a song that is at once righteous and funny. Superb.