Jason Williamson answers your questions
Jason Williamson, the scabrous frontman of punk duo Sleaford Mods, came into the Guardian’s offices to answer your questions, on everything from his job bagging up marijuana to his strong dislike of Idles. Scroll down to read all of his responses.
UncleZippy asks: Why are you either so self-deprecating or comically cocky about your work? Did you grow up feeling ashamed about being creative?
I tried to get into Rada. I spent a year doing auditions
You went to stage school. Can you tell us about that?
Did you ever visit the old Robin Hood visitor centre in Nottingham? I went in there tripping on shrooms and the papier mache headed Middle Ages blokes sat round in the tavern will last with me forever.
Would you take on a sponsor for live shows if it meant you could put on the whole lighting rig stuff and video walls/visuals, or are the crates and laptop a part of your signature?
You’ve not put a foot wrong these last few years – how do you keep pushing forward in such a consistent manner? Admittedly, the utter shitshow we have to endure gives you loads of material, but isn’t that true for every band?
Who cut your hair, the council?
1. How important is money?
2. What’s your favourite Fall track?
This is street music, and on the street it's never nice
Your music is so full of hate, have you ever thought of being constructive for a change? Perhaps sing about solutions, not your spite?
How difficult has it been to keep reacting to events given how fast everything moves now?
Hi, I’m a 21 year old that’s grown up poor in the depressing, expensive Tory heartland of Surrey. A lot of my mates are turning very right wing, regurgitating whatever they’ve read from social media, and the heavy lefties seem to be equally shallow and militant. Any help?
Do you envisage a time when Sleaford Mods will have run its course, or are you happy to be like the Rolling Stones?
Jason, you gave up alcohol a couple of years back. You’ve mentioned that this has helped you get in physical shape. But did it affect your creativity – is writing lyrics harder now?
How hard is to keep the lyrics real in this time of political correctness when everybody’s so easily offended?
Why were you supporting the Who at Hyde Park a few years back? Someone thought you were a mod band perhaps?
D’you reckon the Brits are rigged? Or just shit?
What’s happening with your trousers?
I'm not going to feed off the crowd's adulation. It's not One Direction
Each time I’ve seen you live, you seem to be more and more ambivalent to the adulation from the crowd. Does it just become another boring job to do … same songs every night?
Are the kids alright or was Daltrey talking out of his arse?
What do you think about Brexit?
Is it true you sleep with a replica Brit Award and are you going next week?
I didn't think Sleaford Mods would get big. It was so unreasonable, angry and bitter - and still is
Although your approach is unconventional, to many you are the most important and significant act around. Has the response from your fans surprised you?
What do you hate most about Nottingham?
What did you do in America for a year and where were you?
Do you know Shane Meadows? And are you still in touch with Steve Ignorant?
Which women artists do you think are making the most exciting music right now?
What are your favourite Oasis songs?
How did you feel when you found out that Corbyn didn’t come from Telford New Town, but grew up in a manor house and was educated privately?
Is anger a necessary component of your work and, if it is, do you fear success will erode it?
Your new LP is being released on your own label, Extreme Eating. Could you tell us a little bit about the label and how it came about?
Jacopo Ghioldi asks
How much do you bring to your songs, musically speaking, apart from the lyrics?
Have Sleafords ever thought of collaborating on a techno record?
Antony Cancellara asks:
Do you pay full whack for your Smithy clobber or am I likely to bump into you at one of the warehouse sales?
I remember lyrics using techniques like slapping my head or dancing like a maniac
Whenever I see the Mods live, I’m always highly impressed how you remember all the words. How do you do it without a prompt?
Following your role in Lost Dog and your written output does ‘acting’ appeal? Have you had any offers of roles?
Are you ever going to release Jobseeker, Routine Dean and Jolly F**ker on Spotify or iTunes?
Who is Alistair Candyfloss Head?
I had to work off a drug debt by putting marijuana into bags. Lunch was a can of Stella. Good Times
What was going on in Some of These Plants are Burnt?
Growing up in Nottingham, I recognise the many local references in your songs to landmarks, clubs, streets or football for example. As you’ve got bigger I feel those intimate nods to the city are less frequent. Is this conscious? Are you trying to commercially appeal to people beyond Lenton Boulevard NG7?
Are there any plans of a US tour supporting the release of Eton Alive?
What’s it like to record a jingle for something so prestigious as BBC 6Music’s the Chain?
Idles appropriate a working-class voice. They're cliched, patronising, insulting and mediocre. I don't like them at all
What do you think of the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem [Pub in Nottingham]?
Don Van Vliet asks:
If every tune you’d ever created, bar one, was wiped from history forever, which one would you save as your legacy?
Jason is with us now
Post your questions for Sleaford Mods
Sleaford Mods are often perceived as the political voice of the British working class, although somewhat reluctantly on their behalf. Their fast, furious yet humorous lyrics about blue-collar life in a period of austerity, combined with their fresh and minimal take on punk, have ensured that they are afforded, as the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw says, “national treasure status”.
Lyricist Jason Williamson first began devising his sound in 2006 and a few years later, he was joined by Andrew Fearn, who provides the backing tracks. They broke through in 2013, with the release of their critically acclaimed album Austerity Dogs and a European tour. The duo have since kept up a steady release schedule, with Divide and Exit (2014), Key Markets (2015) and English Tapas (2017).
The two fortysomethings have also appeared in two documentaries: Invisible Britain, which followed the band on tour and analysed the impact of David Cameron’s government, and the more intimate portrait Bunch of Kunst. Their next record, Eton Alive, will be released this month on their own new label, Extreme Eating.
Jason will answer your questions during a webchat on Wednesday 13 February from 12 noon – post them in the comments below.