Fat White Family in session for Marc Riley, recorded literally hours ago via BBC 6 Music from the legendary Maida Vale Studios. Ever since the world lost John Peel, there has been an active movement to preserve and present artists in session at the BBC. Frankly, it’s essential. It’s a practice that’s been copied over here to some extent by Public and College radio, but not to the degree the BBC still does. In this day of unremarkable mainstream Pop and Rock radio, that bands are doing sessions is doing more to promote new music, and vital new music, than any single thing anyone else is doing. And because we now have streaming audio, the immediacy of the session and the excitement of making new discoveries continues without stopping.
On to Fat White Family:
Fat White Family formed in 2011 in Peckham, South London. Fronted by Southampton-born and Huddersfield-raised Lias Kaci Saoudi. Lead guitarist Saul Adamczewski was previously the frontman of indie pop band the Metros, which also featured Fat White Family’s bass player, Jak Payne.
They released their debut album, Champagne Holocaust, in 2013, on UK label Trashmouth Records. It was released in 2014 in the U.S. on Fat Possum Records. The band released Fat Whites/Taman Shud, a split EP with Taman Shud, on 11 December 2013 on Trashmouth.
On 10 March 2014, Fat White Family issued their first single, “Touch the Leather”, on Hate Hate Hate Records.
In early 2014, the band launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund their show at the South by Southwest festival, with a subsequent US tour. Pledgers were given the self-released EP Crippled B-Sides and Inconsequential Rarities. Next was the single “I Am Mark E Smith” (referencing singer Mark E. Smith of the Fall), released 15 December 2014.
Their second album, Songs for Our Mothers, was released in 2016 by the Without Consent label. It was promoted with a single for “Whitest Boy on the Beach”, which was later chosen for the closing credits of the 2017 film T2 Trainspotting.
Fat White Family’s next single, “Breaking Into Aldi”, was released on 16 August 2016.
On 9 January 2019, Fat White Family announced that their third album, Serfs Up, would be released on 19 April 2019 on Domino Records. This was followed by the singles “Feet” and “Tastes Good With The Money”, the latter featuring a video directed by Róisín Murphy.
There’s a great article on them in the February 2nd issue of The Guardian, written by Kitty Empire – titled: Fat White Family review – growing up disgracefully. Check it out.
In the meantime, crank this one up and head over to Trashmouth’s Bandcamp site and grab a copy of Serf’s Up.