Sleaford Mods accuse Idles of ‘class appropriation’
Sleaford Mods frontman frontman Jason Williamson has added fuel to a dispute they have with Idles by accusing them of ‘class appropriation’.
Both bands have had back and forth debates on social media in recent years and now, as Williamson takes part in a fan Q&A on the Guardian, he was asked about the ongoing differences between Idles and Sleaford Mods.
In a lengthy response, Williamson first began to praise Bristol band, he said: “I quite liked ‘Brutalism’ when it came out. It wasn’t my kind of music but I liked some of it – it was catchy.” On top of that, the Sleaford Mods singer continued: “And they were nice lads, polite online and stuff.”
Williamson continued: “But I thought they were kind of a street band, there were lines like ‘Tarquin’ that would insinuate that they were knocking the middle classes, but it turns out they’re not working class.”
“That offended me, because I then held the belief that they were appropriating, to a certain degree, a working class voice.”
ontinuing, he added: “Obviously that excelled when the second album came out, and I felt a bit cheated. I also became jaded by this idea that we were a band that was campaigning for social justice, when we’re not, we’re just talking about what’s around us.
“Music can’t solve political problems. And I think their take on it is cliched, patronising, insulting and mediocre. And that’s why I have a problem with them. I take music seriously, and I’ve come from a place where this music has been created. Without that, we wouldn’t be here.”He added: “I went through a lot of pain – I understand Idles’ singer has gone through a lot of pain. But I don’t believe their slant on this. I don’t like them at all.”