Fat White Family

(United Kingdom)

At the close of 2016 when Fat White Family should have been celebrating their largest headline show at Brixton Academy after four years of touring, they were running on fumes. Incarcerated in a fiscal Gulag, every single member of the group had developed serious problems with alcohol and/or hard drugs; most were homeless. They were just about held together by singer Lias Saoudi who had led, Rommel-like, from day one. Despite hinting at a more streamlined direction on tracks such as the motoric death disco of ‘Whitest Boy On The Beach’ (chosen by Danny Boyle to feature on T2 Trainspotting), their second album Songs For Our Mothers was the product of psychically-incinerated, part-feral men, an undernourished musical morass described by the band at the time “as going to the extremes.” The struggle continues, always, but for now… Serfs Up!

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