FAT WHITE FAMILY – Dour festival Belgium – Sunday 14 July 2019

Dedicated followers know that Turn Up The Volume has his eye and ears on wayward motherrockers FAT WHITE FAMILY from their early days on. So far this gang made 3 albums, 2 half great ones and one near-brilliant (their newest: Serfs Up!) and blew my hungry mind every time I saw them take a stage. Yesterday night at Dour festival in Belgium it happened once more again despite the fact that Saul Adamczewski and his astonishing live guitar psych play was nowhere to be seen or heard. He was replaced (partially) by a sultry saxophone player. Guess what? It worked damn well. Hell yeah!

Needless to say that hyperkinetic frontman Lias Saudi led the trippy troops again with a red-hot-blooded intensity and a raging persuasiveness. One day his head will explode on the podium. He’s the madman in the middle every single second. Yes, Lias, we know you wanna be the best. You know, you’re actually the best fucking ringleader on the planet right now of the only band that matters right now and that ended a steamy performance with the terrifically frenetic closer ‘Bomb Disneyland‘ leaving an ecstatic crowd behind begging for more. I’m still bloody tired after a long day/night writing this stuff this very moment so I’ll leave you with some visual impressions of the Fat Whites Bombing Dour

Madman in the middle

The Fat White Family Orchestra

“I’m Mark E. Smith”

Best ringleader on this troubled planet

Believing in something better

Stream new album SERFS UP! here…

Singles/clips from the LP…

– FEET –




(All concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)


Weekly series of five rolling ripsnorters to go completely bananas to this summer

Here we go again! Dance yourself dizzy! Bonkers time!…

1. ‘All For One’ by THE STONE ROSES
(2015 single)

(From new LP Serfs Up!)

3. ‘Paradox’ by SEXTILE
(From this year’s ‘3‘ EP)

4. ‘Motor City Steel’ by THE DANDY WARHOLS
(From this year’s Why You So Crazy album)

5. ‘Shake It’ by FERAL FIVE
(Newest single)

FAT WHITE FAMILY Puzzled BRUSSELS With Psychedelic Mood Swings…

FAT WHITE FAMILY – Botanique, Brussels – 12 June 2019

Turn Up The Volume! followed British desperadoes FAT WHITE FAMILY since the day his ears got perplexed by their 2014 debut LP Champagne Holocaust, a controversial piece of drug-fueled mental disorder. Since then I saw these anarchistic misfits going entirely bonkers on stage 3 times. Three unforgettable gigs. Chaotic, insane and baffling. Best fucking live band in the world I wrote back in 2016 (review here). Then key members
Lias Saoudi and Saul Adamczewski took some time off to get clean(er) and making great stuff with other projects (The Moonlandingz and Insecure Men). Now three years and two FWF full lengths (the second was Songs For Our Mothers) later the Family is back. New album SERFS UP is as their two other LP’s half brilliant/half mediocre (meaning they made so far, a one and a 1/2 masterpiece). Yesterday they landed in Brussels to entertain
a sold out hungry club.

* Saul Adamczewski‘s mind-blowing psychedelic guitar play
was off the charts and dominated pretty much the whole concert
* The old jackhammers (like ‘I Am Mark E Smith’, ‘Tinfoil Deathstar’ and
Whitest Boy On The Beach‘) still carried the show and were the ones who
made the crowd go sickly bananas
* The set’s closer ‘Is It Raining In Your Mouth?‘ (from the debut LP) was (again)
the indisputable FUCKING INSANE KNOCKOUT HAMMER with frontman Lias
‘s vox going totally apeshit beyond normality. One day his head will
explode while screaming his brains out…

* Most of the time Saoudi‘s vocals got lost in the guitar-oriented mix.
A damn bloody sin as his voice is ESSENTIAL!
* Most of the new songs are sensuous and smooth and undermine
the feverish flow when played live. Pump them, up, cowboys!
* The new LP’s groovy killer cut ‘Feet‘ got lost in a cacophonic
mess-mix, so its hypnotic swagger got slaughtered. SHAME!

CONCLUSION: Maybe my expectations were too high but this show was half brilliant/half mediocre, half speed/half valium like their albums, but still way much better than many of the current competition. Fix the mix, drop the slow ones or pump them up and become the most challenging and dangerous band in the world again, you motherrockers!


A wall-of-Saul-psych-guitar-sound

One Fat White Family member down

Meet and greet with the stunned fans

Rest of the gang

Head of the family

Stream new album
SERFS UP! here…


(All concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

FAT WHITE FAMILY Shares Another Cut/Clip From Their New LP – Here’s Chill Out Groove ‘WHEN I LEAVE’…

Brand new sonic impulses

18 April 2019

South-London‘s infamous desperados FAT WHITE FAMILY will release their new, third, album SERFS UP! tomorrow. For the impatient family freaks here’s, ahead of it, another new track after dropping lead single Feet  and the red-blooded follow-up Tastes Good With The Money earlier on. Chill out groove WHEN I LEAVE will lead you the woods, to the FWF’s headquarters. Here we go…


New album SERFS UP! out 19 April – pre-order facilities here

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Eleven Knockout Tracks For MARCH 2019…

Eleven knockout killer tracks from the past month…

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Eleven Knockout Tracks on repeat this past month!
A smoking mix of rolling rippers and mesmeric musings.
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout March Team!

1. ‘Tastes Good With The Money’ by FAT WHITE FAMILY (London, UK)
The Family tackles good old Britain with groovy and bloody pop stroke…

2. ‘White Male Carnivore’ by YAK (London, UK)
Blazing London trio with rad ripsnorter from new LP Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness

3. ‘Hazel’ by TANGIENTS (Los Angeles, CA, US)
A massive banging recreation of a 1983 Cocteau Twins track…

4. ‘Demeanour’ by CROWS (London, UK)
Crushing missile from these motherrockers’ stirring debut LP Silver Tongues

5. ‘November Man’ by FILTHY FRIENDS (US)
Glorious fuck you Trump uppercut from this supergroup’s new album Emerald Valley

6. ‘Young Evil’ by YES WE MYSTIC (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Multi-layered and dazzling pop symphony from upcoming album Ten Seated Figures

7. ‘Woman’ by KAREN O and DANGER MOUSE (US)
Funky cracker from the duo’s first collaborative album Lux Prima

8. ‘Bullets’ by ZINNIA (Toronto, Canada)
A powerful piece of dramatic pop magnificence and spine-tingling splendor…

9. ‘I Quit’ by PORLOLO (Denver, US)
Loud and clear message. Rollin’ and rockin’…

10. ‘Calling Me’ by WILD MERCURY (Montreal, Canada°
Slow moving blues stroke cutting like a Swiss knife…

11. ‘The Queen Who Stole The Sky’ by SARAH MARY CHADWICK
An impressive organ and an impressive voice sending shivers down your spine…

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FAT WHITE FAMILY Shares Bloody Track From New Album – Here’s ‘TASTES GOOD WITH THE MONEY’…

Brand new sonic impulses

21 March 2019

Early January South-London‘s most notorious misfits FAT WHITE FAMILY dropped lead single FEET from their upcoming, third, album. A karma-like chant with a ghostly and magnetic vibe. A totally different beast compared to their The Fall influenced post-punk mayhem of the early days, although their controversial appetite for shock treatment is
still intact. Oh yeah, the gang just shared another cut from the new LP. ‘TASTES GOOD WITH THE MONEY’ is their ode to good old rich West-London. The song is a contagious, groovy, sing-along humdinger featuring a sequence with their amigo Baxter Dury. The clip is directed by electro-dance artist Róisín Murphy and is a freaky, deranged, horror-ific and totally bloody parody. C’mon let’s join the mess right here…


New album SERFS UP! out 19 April – pre-order facilities here

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Eleven Knockout Tracks For JANUARY 2019…

The knockout killer tracks of the past month…

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Eleven Knockout Tracks on repeat this past month!
A smoking fusion of roaring rippers and gusty grooves
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout January Team!

1. ‘Feet’ by FAT WHITE FAMILY (London, UK)
The Saoudi/Adamczewski family returns with magnetic mantra-like chant. Intoxicating stuff!

2. ‘Motor City Steel’ by The Dandy Warhols (Portland, US)
Irresistibly catchy earworm from The Dandys marvelous new LP Why You So Crazy.

3. ‘The Creeps’ by LAURA IMBRUGLIA (Melbourne, Australia)
Australian singer/songwriter turns her anger into a burning banger. Top cut!…

4. M.A.H. by THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS (Manchester, UK)
A massive cannonball. A dance punk anthem for 24 hour party ravers…

5. Ar.Mour by UNKLE feat. Miink & Elliot Power (UK)
Vibey, spaced-out and cosmic. Yes, UNKLE is back!

6. ‘All I Want’ by BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE (Toronto, Canada)
Toronto’s harmony team returns with an upbeat and funky cracker. Bingo!

7. ‘Chain Of Being’ by CROWS (London, UK)
A relentlessly drums driven missile with a terrifically rollicking guitar fanfare…

8. ‘Dead Beat’ by GUIDE DOG (Bridgend, Wales)
A head-smashing wallop sounding like Nine Inch Nails with a hammering hangover…

9. ‘Steppenwolf’ by THE RINGARDS (London, UK)
Claustrophobic groove with wailing guitars creating a sort of weird voodoo feel…

10. ‘Another Mess, I’ by AYU (Switzerland/Germany)
Soulfully trippy, emotionally atmospheric, charmingly poppy with a Massive Attack touch…

11. ‘Seventeen’ by SHARON VAN ETTEN (Belleville, NJ, US)
Impassioned and melancholic pearl, with a vocal finale that causes goosebumps…

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FAT WHITE FAMILY Announces New Album And Shares Ghostly New Single ‘FEET’…

Brand new sonic impulses

10 January 2019

After their SONGS FOR OUR MOTHERS CD in 2016, FAT WHITE FAMILY‘s key members turned to other projects (Lias Saoudi joined The Moonlandingz and Saul Adamczewski formed Insecure Men). Obviously they still had time for another FWF album too. Third longplayer SERFS UP! will be out in April. Today the band dropped first single, called
‘FEET’ and it’s a totally different animal compared to anything they did before.

A press statement claims that: “Where once they soundtracked grubby Britain of vape shops, Fray Bentos dinners and blackened tinfoil, a crepuscular comedown realm stalked by Shipman, Goebbels and Mark E Smith, Fat White Family now inhabit another cosmos entirely.”

Feet‘ is an extended karma-like chant. A ghostly, magnetic and kaleidoscopic vibe. You’ll hear strings, a sort of monk choir in the back, cinematic sound sequences and lots of other stuff you wouldn’t associate with the collective once branded ‘the most dangerous new band in Britain‘. Hallelujah, I can’t wait for the new record. But first this close encounter of the third kind…


New album SERFS UP! out 19 April – pre-order facilities here