FAT WHITE FAMILY – Les Inrocks Festival, Tourcoing (France) – 12 Nov 2015
British anarchists FAT WHITE FAMILY were top of the bill of a mini indoor festival in Northern France (with also Bo Ningen, The Districts and Wolf Alice). They played the shortest concert I ever witnessed. The chaotic punks left the stage after five songs, guitarist Saul Adamczewski was already gone after four when he introduced ‘Is It Raining In Your Mouth?’ as their last one of the evening. The remaining members
played one more without him (‘Bomb Disneyland’) and then hurried backstage too. Confusion, consternation and dissatisfaction among the spectators.
I was at the front of the stage just opposite Adamczewski. A most frightening sight. He wavered all the time and lost obviously a dangerously amount of pounds since I saw them performing in Brussels earlier this year. He’s as skinny as a razor blade. But the most alarming thing was his eyes. He has the eyes of a junkie with those stagnant pupils. Dead eyes. Horrific.
Frontman/singer Lias Saudi was also in high spirits. He barely could open his eyes and threatened to fall off the stage every time he came forward to get drinks from the audience. He acted like a madman on tons of speed. Terrifying.
Strangely enough the other members looked all very clean and aware of dreadful events too happen as they were looking at each other worriedly. Apparently Adamczewski and Saudi had a drugs party of their own in the tour bus. Also very surprising is the fact that when you closed your eyes you heard a smashing wall-of-sound havoc and Saudi’s piercing screams. Brilliant, stunning and very weird at the same time due to the real circumstances. The band is infamous for their drug habits and uncontrollable behaviour from day one (2011). Everybody (management, press and the band itself of course) knows this. The disturbed gang just finished recording their second album and said they were happy that everybody was still alive ! With what I saw tonight I think the group’s entourage should take this situation very seriously otherwise destruction and probably deaths will follow soon. No doubt about that. Alarm !
(Concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)