Frontman Lias Saoudi is the glue that holds the whole thing together. Commanding the stage in a similar manner to Jagger or Iggy in full pomp, he has the restless presence of a loaded gun – a knot of potential energy that always seems like it could go off at any time.
However, as always, I’m left with the sense of nagging doubt whenever I come in to contact with Fat Whites. Ending with a sing-along version of ‘Touch the Leather’ there is no denying that they are a great live band, but, to me at least, they’ve always come across as a band that aspires to be more subversive than just being a ‘great live band’. The problem is, that beyond the gaunt expressions and in your face nakedness, I’m struggling to figure out where that subversion leads to, either musically or conceptually.
Fat Whites are kind of in that early Primal Scream phase. They have a collection of ideas that really work, but they haven’t yet managed to assemble these into a record that is truly groundbreaking. If they can just keep this show on the road just a little bit longer, that day isn’t that far off. It’ll be properly scary when it happens.
Fat White Family, @ End of the Road festival, Friday 31 August 2018
Photo by: Rachel Juarez Carr
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