The Quietus described them as “emotional indie uncles”. It’s haram.”, Saul: “Both my parents are caners, so they’re fine with what I do.”, Lias: “My dad thinks we should sound more like the Eagles. Portsmouth, Pyramids (3) I don’t wanna see too deeply into any of them.”, Fat White Family’s first brush with notoriety came through their politics rather than their music, when Yuppies Out – a Facebook group started by Saul and Nathan – protested the opening of an upscale Brixton bistro by handing out White Ace cider and slices of Dairylea. One line in particular stands out: “I hope your children wash up bloated on my shore / Caucasian sashimi in a sand nigger storm.”, Lias is half-Algerian and the band’s lyric writer. With Fat White Family‘s third album Serfs Up, the enfant terrible of British garage music returns.After their last record Songs For Our Mothers (2016) and their split over heroin addiction, both Lias Saoudi and Saul Adamczewski focussed on sobriety and releasing music with their spin-off projects Warmduscher (Saodi) and Insecure Men (Adamczewski). I will use that phrase at my fucking leisure.”, I have seen several people dismiss Fat White Family as white edge-lord student music, but to what extent are they even a white group? Read next. Fat White Family just want to watch the world burn. Fat White Family has given me three options. Except we’re not in Britain, we’re in New York, where the Fat Whites have been living and working for the past few months, playing shows and recording the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Champagne Holocaust’. They sounded like a mix of Bong Water, Charles Manson, the Butthole Surfers round a campfire, the most smacked out and slowest Birthday Party and Cramps numbers. Lias: “Half my family are Muslim, so I’ll sometimes get calls from my dad, going, ‘You are the shame of the Saoudis! “They’re chaotic and out of control,” Lennon warns me before I meet the band at the Soviet-themed bar in the East Village that’s become their new favourite haunt. Sweat drips off the brows of Lias and Nathan Saoudi, the current core of the Fat White Family. I know that we’re not making anything groundbreaking. Fat White Family’s music is rancid to lots of people’s ears, but that’s part of what makes it valuable – while their contemporaries fret over how best to appeal to everyone, Saul, Lias and the others aren’t remotely bothered about appealing to anyone. This band answer only to themselves. LIVE IN LIMBO 9,524 views. S weat drips off the brows of Lias and Nathan Saoudi, the current core of the Fat White Family. Nathan, who arrives wearing an anorak the size of a sleeping bag that looks like it was stolen from a homeless person, is something of an enigma, and all I really manage to discover about him is that he spends his spare time watching LiveLeak videos of people being beheaded. Though they spent the last few hours separately, the Saoudi brothers of Fat White Family are in a collective daze. “She can go fuck herself,” glowers Saul. The same depraved rabble of sickos that Somerset House in London deemed “unsuitable” to play the venue last year. Debut album Champagne Holocaust surfaced in 2013, drawing together garage rock, cult American psych and lo-fi country. The words he throws around to describe the album – like “easy listening”, “calypso”, “reggae” and “Iain Duncan Smith going around stealing eggs” – would seem to back up that assertion, though what it’ll actually sound like is anybody’s guess, given that his latest thing is making his bandmates record each song in multiple styles. Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family talks to Anna Wood about monsters of the past, how to lower expectations, chances of a socialist future and learning to revel in misery All live shots courtesy of gent & scholar, Lou Smith The Fat White Family's second album, Songs For Our Mothers, is rich and fascinating, lyrically and musically. What do your family think of what you do? Nottingham, Rock City (24) cleaner and poppier at every given opportunity, but to be fair, I did want to go in that direction myself. “Idles? Some have noble intentions and are unwilling to compromise, while most bend over and bite the pillow. You shame the Berber people!’ You’re not supposed to get your todger out in public, you know? When the band formed in a Peckham squat in 2011, Adamczewski and the charismatic and messianic Lias were the creative dynamo at the heart of the project, with significantly younger keyboard player Nathan acting as the social lubricant who enabled them to work together despite their fractious relationship. They’re the band whose frontman slathers himself in shit and masturbates onstage. Onwards! He says, ‘Your music, the notes are all wrong, but the Eagles – that is perfection.’ He’s quite sweet, really. I’m afraid of dying.”. But they don’t realise it’s not the Muslims who are fucking them.” In an ideal world, he says, “I’d like to live in a self-governing anarcho-syndicalist community, where everyone helps each other out.” He’s aware that’s never going to happen, though, so he’s resigned to voting Labour at the next election: “I know they’re fucking atrocious, but if it’s a choice between a quick death and a long, slow one, I’ll go for the quick one.”, Ed Miliband, however, is unlikely to satisfy Fat White Family’s desire for violent retribution against the financial elite. BY AMY HABEN. My roommates are Nels Cline from Wilco and Yuka Honda from Cibo Matto, and they’re an older generation; they weren’t used to the house being a den of iniquity. Their bandmate, multi-instrumentalist Alex White, groans as he holds his head in his hands. Thu 9 May 2019 16.17 BST It’s our job to crush them, “It was pernicious, of course, but it was intended to show exactly what I felt he was driving at in as explicit a manner as possible,” Lias says. 11:57. Recent live shows suggest that Britain’s unhealthiest band really are getting their act together. Fat White Family Interview with Nathan Saoudi. “I can be a bit of an arsehole with them,” he grins malevolently. While the first two singles on the album (Feet and Tastes Good With the Money) were written between the brothers, the pace of creation was still slow and it took Adamczewski rejoining to see the album get completed. Only a peppering of sand nigger carcasses to shift and we’ve got ourselves a new Dubai gentlemen! They’re the ugly truth nobody wants to acknowledge, a funhouse mirror held up to the grotesquerie of the modern world, the Stage IV symptom of its decay and the ultimate panacea against it. The space is lit by a single low-watt bulb. “Well, the drummer was completely clean,” shouts Nathan from the other end of the pool. Following on from their 2013 debut, Champagne Holocaust, Lias spoke about the reception the new record received. The nuances of their politics, however, are tricky to define: they’re staunch leftists, but Saul also once went on an EDL march, “not out of support, but because I wanted to see what it was like up close. Last modified on Tue 13 Oct 2020 12.42 BST. The last few grains of sand trickle through the wall-mounted hourglass and we all file out of the roasting hot sauna cubicle. Picture of Saul and Sean Lennon courtesy of Lennon’s Instagram, Our interview the following day takes place at Lennon’s Greenwich Village apartment, where Saul is currently staying – his host has long since given up trying to house all of them. People need to pay for the harm they’ve caused. Does he worry about the mental and physical toll being in this band takes on him? Onwards!! They are the most dangerous, most scabrous and most vital new band in Britain. 23.8k Followers, 184 Following, 241 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Fat White Family (@fat_white_family) It was our old drummer who approached Sean, kissing his arse, basically, so they hit it off and he took us all out for dinner. “That’s why I’m so glad we’re done with all that,” says Lias, swimming backstroke, as I struggle to keep pace with him. When he wasn’t on tour, he spent much of last year “shivering and staring out the window” of his dad’s house in Cambridge; his immune system was so weak that at one point his bandmates seriously thought that he might have Aids. Top of their wishlist is Charles Manson’s infamous ‘The Family Jams’ LP. I’ve realised that we can make any kind of music; we’re not stuck in one genre. He told me yesterday that he didn’t like performing, that he felt embarrassed and scared. They’re even doing away with crisis loans, because obviously these poor fucking drug addicts looking for £6.56 to make their lives tolerable for a few hours is what’s sinking the economy.”. They gained notoriety for their live shows, class war politics and debauchery. But yeah, certain drugs scare me. I’m British North African.” Nathan nods, laughing: “And I’m tanned Irish.”. Yuppies Out was intended as more of a situationist prank than a serious political statement, though their opposition to the gentrification of working-class London is real enough. That’s my favourite thing about the band.”. All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative. Of those who are in attendance, Lias is warm and congenial straight off the bat, the friendliest and most outgoing of the Fat Whites. Ironically, our friend Danny Fields, who managed Iggy & The Stooges, said singer Lias Saoudi “moves like Iggy onstage.” Sean Lennon has been a friend and fan of the band for years, even letting them use his upstate recording studio. Nathan is cagey, but concedes that his time coming off heroin after the Brixton show was “a year of misery”. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Some are in it for the girls, or the parties, or the doors that fame might open for them. “I realise now that addiction is here to stay, one way or another.”, Adamczewski’s influence has tended to come from his interest in abrasive music and extreme culture in general; Nathan made the band more self-sufficient (he was the driving force behind them setting up their Champzone studio in Sheffield’s Attercliffe district) and pushed them in a more polished, pop direction. The thing about our band is that we’ve tried lots of different musicians, but they were all too normal or too mature. 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