One live track a day keeps the doctor away
11 September 2022
Band: FAT WHITE FAMILY
Who: Post-punk cowboys from Sheffield/London
One of the best live bands of the past 15 years.
Where/when: David Letterman Show (US) – 2017
At the end of the a.w.e.s.o.m.e. performance, host David Letterman
addressed the audience, “you don’t see that every night.”
He’s right, we should see that every night.
Daily live fireworks to entertain or annoy your neighborhood during summer
The a.w.e.s.o.m.e FAT WHITE FAMILY were the best band in the world between 2011 and 2019, off and on stage as I experienced myself several times. These are the mavericks who turned chaos on a podium into an art form. The team’s prima don Lias Kaci Saoudi is without a shadow of a doubt the best live frontman I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen tons of them.
Both diabolic and blustering, always – I repeat, always – singing/screaming his brains out.
One day in August 2017 FWF went on TV in the Divided States of America on the legendary Late Show wIth David Letterman. As Letterman said, in the end with a big smile on his face, ‘You don’t see that every night. I still wonder how they got past the show’s security with their sacks filled with dope.
Just watch this, ladies and gents, and you’ll understand why I want this gang back with a new album and an extensive tour (preferably with the other key member Saul Adamczewsk also on the bus) and become the best band in the world again, before Harry Styles spreads a new virus, fabricated by Bill Gates, of course, to hypnotize this planet’s population and forcing them all to buy his shitty records.
I WAS THERE
All pictures by Turn Up The Volume.
Favorite Turn Up The Volume bands
12 February 2022
Band: FAT WHITE FAMILY
Who: Natural born misfits with key members Lias Kaci Saoudi (manic frontman)
and Saul Adamczewski (musical director). They crawled out of their squats in
Peckham, London in 2011.
It’s really a miracle that the Family is still around as their first years were filled with too many drugs and booze, chaotic gigs (I know, I saw them several times. They even left the stage – nobody sober – after 20 disorderly minutes in France a couple of years ago) and different line-ups.
Despite all that make-or-break shit, the hit team survived with smiling faces and their concerts became tempestuous helter-kelter events, making them one of the best live
acts of the past 10 years I’ve ever witnessed and their records got better and better.
Manc rock legend Liam Gallagher is a big fan too. He invited the natural-born
misfits them to play at his upcoming massive outdoor shows in Knebworth (UK)
Three TUTV favorites…
– I AM MARK E SMITH –
– WHITEST BOY ON THE BEACH –
– IS IT RAINING IN YOUR MOUTH –
(Absolutely sick performance)
FAT WHITE FAMILY: Facebook
(Photos by Turn Up The Volume)
23 September 2021
Band: FAT WHITE FAMILY
Who: Gang of controversial and self-destructive anarchists from Sheffield/London that miraculously survived after 10 years of drugs and tons of other toxic situations in and
out of the band but they also managed to produce 3 longplayers and to be one of the most exciting/flabbergasting/frenzied bands that hit the stage this century, in my book.
Here’s an idea…
Book: TEN THOUSAND APOLOGIES
Authors: Adelle Stripe and Lias Saoudi, the Family’s charismatic frontman
(I wonder what Lias’ part will be in the book, as I doubt that he can remember
a lot about the past brain-damaging 10 years).
White Rabbit says: “Co-written with lucidity and humour by singer Lias Saoudi
and acclaimed author Adelle Stripe, Ten Thousand Apologies is that rare thing: a music book
that barely features any music, a biography as literary as any novel, and a confessional
that does not seek forgiveness. This is the definitive account of Fat White Family’s disgraceful and radiant jihad – a depraved, romantic and furious gesture of refusal to a sanitised era.”
Most recent FWF album
Serfs Up! (2019)
26 August 2020
Watch London based bohemians FAT WHITE FAMILY, one of the best bands of the
21st century – FACT! – playing Feet, the standout lead single from their standout,
third album SERFS UP! at Glastonbury Festival in 2019.
Here we go…
FAT WHITE FAMILY: Facebook
Hands up if you like these ten stunning tracks as much as I do. Ten standout performances that send shivers down my spine, ten goosebumps crackers I can listen to any moment of the day, ten stunners I heard for about 1 million times, and will countless times again in the future.
1. Dead & Gone’ by TOY (UK)
Smashing psychedelia with a mind-blowing finale…
2. ‘I Am Mark E Smith by FAT WHITE FAMILY (UK)
One of the best live bands of the past 10 years…
3. ‘Chlorine’ by THE DISTRICTS (Philadelphia, PA)
Overwhelming passion, towering intensity…
4. ‘Despair’ by YEAH YEAH YEAHS (US)
Gorgeous pop queen Karen O at her very best…
5. ‘Baby I Call Hell’ by DEAP VALLY (California, US)
Kick-ass blues rock frenzy by two utterly cool ladies…
6. ‘Common People‘ by PULP (UK)
Jarvis Cocker‘s orgiastic performance leads to spectacular euphoria…
7. ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony by THE VERVE (UK)
8. ‘Laid’ by James (UK)
No festivals this year, but this is my ecstatic alternative…
9. ‘Fried My Little Brains’ by THE KILLS (UK/US)
I’m in love with Alison Mosshart, she does my brains in…
10. ‘Rocks’ by PRIMAL SCREAM (Scotland)
The steamy ripper The Rolling Stones never wrote…
The following 15 Knockout Tracks activated my limbs, impressed
my greedy ears and made me move in mysterious ways in 2019.
1. ‘Better’ by RICH GIRLS ((New York, NY, US)
A punchy and mesmeric shot of electrifying guitar pop adrenalin…
2. ‘Feet’ by FAT WHITE FAMILY (London, UK)
A chant-like odyssey with a ghostly and hypnotic vibe and – yes – a Gregorian choir…
3. ‘Air BnB’ by KIM GORDON (US)
A battering jackhammer with a vehement drift and a gloomy impact…
4. ‘Hurricane Laughter’ by FONTAINES D.C. (Dublin, Ireland)
Stormy steamroller with an irresistible punk drive by one of the best new bands in town…
5. ‘White Male Carnivore’ by YAK (London, UK)
This is a really nasty sledgehammer. A thunderous rocker with a droning force…
6. ‘Going Norway’ by GIRL BAND (Dublin, Ireland)
Bone-crushing chainsaw electricity and exorcistic howling. Demonic stuff…
7. ‘More Is Less’ by THE MURDER CAPITAL (Dublin, Ireland)
A dazzling post punk uppercut fueled with stormy guitars and angry vocals all over it…
8. ‘Cave Person’ by PEUK (Belgium)
A sickly catchy, grungy outburst with the scariest primal screams I heard in years…
9. ‘Destiny’ by PRYSM (England)
A multi-layered tumultuous stunner that grabs you by the throat from the get-go…
10. ‘Time Bomb Sounds’ by THE LOCALS (Chicago, US)
An emotional corker resonating gloriously rapturous and exultantly epic…
11. ‘Motor City Steel’ by THE DANDY WARHOLS
An utterly addictive earworm that keeps buzzing in your head after one spin…
12. ‘Disco Peanuts’ by WARMDUSCHER (London, UK)
Funky disco fuel for all misfits, outsiders, and desperadoes out there…
13. ‘Ar.Mour’ by UNKLE Feat. Miink & Elliot Power (UK)
Trip-hop at its trippy best. Tantalizing beats, dancey vibrations, and an addictive rhythm…
14. ‘Ego’ by FERAL FIVE (London/Kent, UK)
A vibrating and flamboyant European disco cracker to dance yourself dizzy to…
15. ‘The Desert’ by WHERE WE SLEEP (London, UK)
Intoxicating swagger, sensuous vocals, hellish guitars, cutting atmosphere…
All 15 Knockout Tracks
together on Spotify…