Sleaford Mods played Brooklyn with Negative Scanner (pics, review)
Not much has changed since UK duo Sleaford Mods made their North American debut at The Wick back in 2014 (a one-off show which BV presented). Jason Williamson is still firing off bilious tirades into the microphone like he's been saving it up his whole life, while beatmaker Andrew Fearn watches over the laptop, chuffed and grooving to the music. What may have seemed like a schtick to some has proved to be an enduring formula, as heard on the Mods' new album English Tapas. Their live show also hasn't grown old or less visceral, either, as they proved last night at the Brooklyn stop on their first ever tour on this side of the Atlantic. Greenpoint venue Warsaw was packed to the gills, with a large contingent of the crowd that seemed to know every word and shouted along.
Opening the show were Chicago's Negative Scanner who played a tight, no-frills set of intense post-punk, heavy on punk, led by singer/guitarist Rebecca Valeriano-Flores whose energy is like an M-80 set off in a led pipe, controlled but explosive. If you haven't checked out their 2015 debut (which came out on Trouble in Mind) you should. Pictures of both bands are in the gallery above.
photos by Harriet Roberts