FAT WHITE FAMILY
SONGS FOR OUR MOTHERS
Sophomore album from Brixton degenerates.
With songs such as When Shipman Decides and Goodbye Goebbels you might expect the Fat White Family to be going for shock on their second album. But there is more to this band than that. This is an album of lo-fi, dark disco, krautrock that sends messages from the seedier side of life. It invokes dark boozers, life on welfare, casual encounters and mornings of empty wallets and throbbing heads. But there is a horrifying beauty here too, as on Tinfoil Deathstar, a song about heroin and benefit cuts. Fat White Family may not be the saviours of rock many proclaim them, but they are one of the few bands documenting the horror of modern Britain. They should be applauded for treading their own (off the beaten) path.
This article first appeared in Louder Than War magazine, issue 3 March/April 2016