Fat White Fam­ily SWG3, Glas­gow JJJJ

The Scotsman - - REVIEWS - FIONA SHEP­HERD

ROU­TINELY hailed as one of the most ex­cit­ing live bands in the coun­try, the Lon­don­born and now Sh­effield- based Fat White Fam­ily are a mot­ley crew fol­low­ing their own mu­si­cal pro­cliv­i­ties.

There are enough art rock and post-punk ref­er­ences strewn along the way to at­tract an au­di­ence which in­cludes some seen- it- all old age punks but Fat White Fam­ily are noth­ing if not un­pre­dictable and new al­bum Serf’s Up! is an­other left turn into mel­lower, mer­cu­rial ter­ri­tory, used to punc­tu­ate this set of mar­shalled lu­nacy.

Stealthy psy­che­delic prowl When I Leave was a con­trolled cur­tain raiser for the shamanic garage rock of Tin­foil Death­star and the gut­ter- trawl­ing glam strut of I Am Mark E Smith with sleazy sax in­ter­jec­tions from Alex White who, by ac­ci­dent or de­sign, ap­peared to be chan­nelling both the look and sound of Roxy Mu­sic’s Andy Mackay circa 1973.

Al­most all eyes though were drawn to anti- fash­ion front­man Lias Saoudi who cared for nei­ther cool nor con­ven­tion – though he has been per­suaded to ob­serve pub­lic de­cency deco­rum th­ese days and only stripped as far as his sa­fari shorts and socks.

His charis­matic pres­ence held the at­ten­tion through a cou­ple of the more pon­der­ous jams from the new al­bum – ev­ery de­mented garage band de­serves a breather at some point – un­til the stomp­ing sin­ga­long an­them Is It Rain­ing In Your Mouth? ush­ered in an­other gal­vanis­ing salvo of raw en­ergy which cli­maxed with the taut, propul­sive boo­gie of their thank- you-and- good­night kiss- off Bomb Dis­ney­land.

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