This very Thursday evening, the London six-piece is actually playing, eleven songs altogether, and if you only avert your eyes from the stage a second at song number two (“Raining In Your Mouth”), frontman Lias Saoudi’s shirt is already off. Well then. It is pretty hot in the club, I’ll give him that, but bassist Joe Pancucci couldn’t care less: he keeps sporting his fur hat from beginning to the bitter end.
“I’m curious if they’re actually gonna show up; the last five times they cancelled” / “I hear they do striptease on stage?” / “I tried to listen to them…” – there’s all kinds of things you hear when you’re about to enter a Fat White Family show. Least of all, people tell you that it’s gonna be really loud. But that matters the least, to be honest.
While Lias pretty much makes this gig a one-man show – jumping in the crowd, staring audience members down, losing his mic stand, pushing his hand down his pants – the other five lads do their thing. The amount of smoke on stage makes it pretty hard to see, let alone photograph, anything anyway.
Frontman Lias might have said “We’re from New York!” in the middle of the show – which, as we all know, is not true. And if he really did it was one of the few times any of the people on stage actually talked. Looking at Lias, one might mistake him for a very messy lovechild of Alice Cooper and Noel Fielding. With moves like Jagger, no less.
It’s all less crazy than you’d expect from a critically acclaimed young band, at least a lot less crazy than the stories I’ve heard from former London gigs, but then again the club wasn’t as full as it could have been. In contrast, the Berlin show a day before had been sold out. But let’s be real here, next time the Fat Whites are back, they’ll have a much bigger audience to play for (that is, if they actually show up).
Right now, the boys have sallied forth on the NME Awards Tour, which will most likely be the most chaotic to date. The Fat White Family will play amongst the biggest young troublemakers in British indie right now: The Amazing Snakeheads, Slaves and Palma Violets. Let’s hope they will all return from this adventure.