FAT WHITE FAMILY frontman Lias Saoudi (mum from Huddersfield, dad from Algeria) grew up away from it all in Ireland and Scotland. “Out on the fringes, out of sheer boredom, things start to occur," he mused to MOJO. "Being constantly entertained is to be preoccupied by a plethora of average things. Boredom’s important – your blessing as an artist!" In the hands of Fat White Family - screaming harbingers of the New Grot who formed in 2011 - boredom's clearly a potent fuel, as shown by this third track lifted from their album Champagne Holocaust. A clamorous, astringent bull-in-a-china-shop romp suggestive of sinister, nocturnal entities like The Cramps, The Birthday Party or Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul-Fall - but with serrated Dick Dale guitars and the merest hint of Iko Iko by The Dixie Cups - Heaven On Earth zigzags off down the highway like an inebriated big rig while Lias squawks and writhes his torment. What's he singing about? Probably best not to know.
The band, who've just been touring with Cerebral Ballzy, play the 100 Club on December 10; Champagne Holocaust ("the title came to us one morning when we were listening to Oasis," notes singer/guitarist Saul Adamczewski) is now available in physical form. It's a bracing yet murky glimpse into their nothing-to-lose world, "like we’re taking the piss out of the last 50 years of music," reflects Adamczewski, "But it’s not a joke.”