Sleaford Mods talk Dismaland and release Tarantula remix

Sleaford Mods play Banksy’s Dismaland on Friday 18th September, after a string of festival successes. They’ve released a remix of Tarantula Deadly Cargo ahead of the show, and Jason Williams talked about the Banksy event and how they got involved.

Dismaland - “an exhibition of brutality of constant human error”

Sleaford Mods - Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn - have released a remix of Tarantula Deadly Cargo by Matt Allsebrook today, and it’s got a sinewy dance groove. Matt is the regular peripheral bass player for Sleaford Mods, whose work has featured on four of the tracks, working alongside Andrew Fearn, on their new album, Key Markets.

The Sleafords are playing at Banksy’s Dismaland this Friday, along with Savages, The Pop Group with an ‘exclusive noise set’, and DJs Geoff Barrow and Fat Paul. Jason Williamson says he has been looking forward to it ahead of their Key Markets UK tour this month.

I got asked about 8 months ago if Sleaford fancied playing an art exhibition. I asked whose it was and got told whose it was and I thought yes, why not? I thought it was really good that we’d been asked. Why shouldn’t I think it was really good that we’d been asked? Am I supposed to say no because a lot of Banksy’s work is bought by rich people?

In the eyes of the entertainment media it’s proclaimed that prominent figures from that industry attend his exhibitions. What’s he supposed to do about that then? If anything. Why is this an issue? Why is this somehow a signified port of self-corruption, a prime example of personal demise? Banksy, the people’s enemy, pointing a stick at us, the herd… Fuck off. It’s understood in some quarters that Dismaland is an insult to the masses because the tickets fall out of an upturned shopping trolley?

Yeah, he’s laughing at us, he had to be, surely. He’s calling us all thick bastards.

Fuck off, really? It’s a political witch hunt these days and I can’t deny we don’t chase targets down the fuckin street but this notion of critique levelled at this event is bollocks. It’s only an issue because you don’t quite know why do you? It just feels good being an issue doesn’t it? Do you feel his pricing as regards to his work is a bit out of your wallet? Of course it is, it’s fuckin good art, that’s why. Stuff that’s fuckin good tends to be more expensive (apart from whiz) if it’s floating for monetary gain in the darkness of the free market, that’s just how things are. Good works also contain extended effort which is usually married with extended study but as we know, this can be used negatively and most of the time it is.

I don’t see any negativity in Dismaland to be honest, it’s an exhibition of brutality of constant human error. I couldn’t give a fuck how much money he charges for whatever and that’s simply because he makes an effort, he comments and very powerfully. I do understand however that literally no one is ever pleased, I understand that, but please, just fuck off. When it sinks, and it will, then we will all go.

Sleaford Mods - pic Duncan Stafford

Sleaford Mods’ Key Markets tour starts next week. Tickets from

23rd Manchester, Ritz
24th Carlisle, Brickyard
25th Newcastle, Northumbria Uni
28th Leeds, Irish Centre
29th Birmingham, Institute

1st Cardiff, Y-Plas
2nd London, Forum
4th Bristol, Bierkeller – SOLD OUT
5th Bournemouth, Fire Station
6th Brighton, The Old Market – SOLD OUT
8th Cambridge, Junction
9th Nottingham, Rock City

Support comes from Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life on all dates (apart from Brighton, Cambridge and Nottingham). Mark Wynn is second support on all dates.

Key Markets on Harbinger Sound Records is available as a digital download from iTunes,and on vinyl and CD from Cargo Records.