Fat White Family
100 Club London
26th July 2017
A Fat White Family show is always worth attending and mentioning even if it’s a one off appearance in between a second and third album.
For reasons we never really established (if one is indeed required) Fat White Family turned up at the legendary 100 club this week and for those who managed to cram themselves inside this central London venue it was business as usual albeit in a much smaller room than we’ve seen them in for a while.
We learn that there’s a third album being worked on, Saul Adamczewski is absent (find another bloke who can play guitar, stick a sailors hat on him . . . . ), the band feel the need to have a cigarette break half way through, possibly prompted by their manager getting the beers in ten minutes before that, however the performance is yet again faultless and gloriously messy and yet still as fabulously compelling as when we first crossed paths with the band.
Lias Saudi’s voice is the driving force throughout the show. Yet again, he’s shirtless after a couple of songs, he’s commanding the room from where he stands and as the band fly through the set it feels this is a simple reminder that the band are still operating at the level we are all accustomed to. We’re witnessing a chaotic and seemingly disorganised band playing in front of another chaotic, crowd surfing, arm waving crowd and for an hour or so those of us here see on display a continuation of a band intent on getting the most out of what they are capable of. No new songs tonight (which would have been nice) and apart from the surprise of the band turning up at the 100 Club on a Wednesday night it’s business as usual and a timely reminder that the band have not yet disappeared.
It’s tempting to omit the bit about them being the best live band on offer in the UK still but also important to remind the rest of the world that haven’t seen this band for a while (or yet!) that the juggernaut that continues to roll under the name Fat White Family will always provide a hugely raucous night and will continue to be ready for your own appearance in order to witness something you’ll still be remembering many years later.
You simply cannot say that about a lot of bands this decade and if you disagree we’ll argue about that next decade.
All words by Keith Goldhanger. More writing by Keith on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find Keith on Facebook and Twitter (@HIDEOUSWHEELINV).You may subscribe to the Goldhanger Shorts Facebook page too if you so wish.