Definitely. Six months after the release of Fat White Family’s third record Serfs Up!, Lias Saoudi is convalescing. 256 Likes, 2 Comments - Lias Saoudi (@lias_saoudi) on Instagram: “SONGS IN THE KEY OF K IS OUT NOW! "It's the only time Saul's been genuinely afraid of me. It’s a nice Muslim household. The latest fashion news, beauty coverage, celebrity style, fashion week updates, culture reviews, and videos on Vogue.com. life beyond the neutral zone part 5 is live…” “You know, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy reading good reviews,” is one such diversion. It’s looking at the fact that the UK has now been held to ransom by the last colonial outcrop of a bunch of medieval fascists known as the DUP [Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party]—they’re the guys that the Conservative Party went into a deal with in order to secure a majority in the last election. Lias Saoudi (@lias_saoudi) added a photo to their Instagram account: “Algiers...” I have a lot of problems with the single-mindedness of a lot of the bands kicking about today, especially when they get dabbling in political stuff. I don’t see insightful interpretations of what’s going on, and what that means is that you don’t have that perfect balance between rock being talked about like it’s high art – with the likes of Mark E. Smith being considered as much a literary figure as he is a musical shaman – and also still revelling in that feeling of it being low culture.”, He's on a roll. That and the Wham! It became this thing that I really just enjoyed doing, as opposed to trying to shock everybody. It’d seem like everything’s shaping up smoothly, then, for this month’s extensive UK tour, one that the group appear to be entering into at their proverbial fighting weight. LIAS SAOUDI: It’s alarming that the government, our government, doesn’t want regulation when it comes to things like the housing market. As your sound has gotten richer and more complex, better produced and all of that, was there a fear that you’d lose your lyrical edge or somehow soften the blow of what you sing about or write about? See high school TV and movie icons then and now, from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and more favorites.See the gallery It was promoted by these guys who weren’t in it for the right reasons. Wir waren dabei und haben Bilder sowie Gedanken zum Konzert mitgebracht. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated as of 1/1/21) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated as of 1/1/21) and Your California Privacy Rights. Anarchy is a byword for the band at this point but, even amidst the hedonism and the universally provocative worldview, Saoudi has always just about been the elder statesman, the mother hen, the adhesive holding the group together (even if he was more Pritt Stick than superglue). I hope we would be. Ad Choices. Social media has led to everybody policing each other online, and it’s turned the arts into this homogenous, dull landscape where nobody's allowed to truly fail, and so we seem to be desperate for this hero figure to cut through all of that.”, He veers off on these tangents in a manner not dissimilar to the way in which he struts across boundaries of thought and style on record. [One recent target: The Bristol band Idles, which Saoudi called a “bunch of self neutering middle class boobs.”] They all seem to get it wrong for me: They purport their art to be about saving humanity, and to me it’s all about saving themselves. Join Facebook to connect with Elias Saoudi and others you may know. We moved from South London to Sheffield to try to keep the distractions and the vampires and the bullshit away and make it all about the music again. We can’t complain about that now. “When you construct all those myths around yourself as a band, you find yourself letting people down a few years later, when you’re not covered in faeces with a finger up your arse. That said, what’s perhaps the band’s true trademark—their unerring instinct for speaking their own truths about the inequities and absurdities and indignations of modern British life, from class warfare on through the Grenfell Tower disaster and Brexit, for starters. It’s kind of an accidental Bowie reference: Our old manager, James Endeacott—he’s kind of a British music industry mogul, looks a bit like Simply Red—used to DJ under the name Fat White Duke, and Saul [Adamczewski, guitarist] lifted it from that. The knife-edge anticipation of the crowd, the seething menace of music, the baleful aura of frontman Lias Saoudi, all but naked and daubed with what one can only hope was something chocolate-related: this was rock’n’roll like mother used to hate. We took the road less traveled, you know? It was a bit of a phase. You end up just gettin’ into it. There’s a line in “Rock Fishes”—"Give 'em all the pop, but take away the fizz/ Is this Rome, Babylon, or ancient Belfast?”—that’s a direct allusion to the current political quagmire we find ourselves in. It’s a natural evolution—our last record was sort of a heroin dirge kind of quasi-noise record, so what’s the shocking thing we could do now? The band consists of singer Lias Saoudi, Saul Adamczewski playing guitar and also going wild on vocals, Nathan Saoudi on keys, Adam J. Harmer also slaying guitar, drummer Severin Black and bassist Taishi Nagasaka. Gives you a bit of a distance from the booze.”. I started as a busker—rock n’ roll with a guitar and drums is just the first thing I had access to. His decision to take Fat White Family to Sheffield was born out of a sense of “duty to go to the sticks and do the work, instead of hanging around East London sniffing coke and chasing Instagram stars.” He talks of wanting to, on the one hand, avoid “having people kiss your arse for no reason,” and on the other, “of not ending up bitter, having some ego crywank because you’re not where you think you should be.” The fact that Pitchfork apparently declined to review Serfs Up!, after they were at the centre of a spat with the band over Saoudi’s use of what they posited to be a racial slur on Twitter two years ago, represents “something quite sinister…it’s all the worst parts of collectivism – a disgrace to genuine leftism.”. feels every inch a Fat Whites album, in that it has their familiar patchwork quality to it. I don’t remember the first time I ended up completely starkers onstage, but it’s a really liberating feeling. By the time you get to the finishing stages, you feel like you’ve finally gotten this monster out of you, and you’ve made it over whatever shitty bridge needed to be crossed. Everybody gets so excited you can feel it—“We’re going to New York to play, man!”—and about six times out of ten you lose a guy there. “Any artist who says they don’t want to be appreciated or famous is lying. I think it’s easy for people to get kind of “displaced,” shall we say—and let’s remember that we were already a bunch of dysfunctional egomaniacs to begin with. “We’re calling it Fat White Family: The Baroque—although there isn’t anything remotely baroque about it.”. is out now via Domino. That is, if they don’t head to a friend’s house in a fjord three hours from Oslo, as he suggests they might to demo for a new EP which they’ve already broken ground on in Wales. 822 Likes, 20 Comments - Lias Saoudi (@lias_saoudi) on Instagram: “Nathan Saoudi’s work ethic, the re-opening of Next, the misery of the online realm and so much…” However, Lias Saoudi claims on Facebook, IDLES are 'self-neutering middle class boobs' and the critique voiced by the band (therefore) comes down to nothing more than 'sententious pedantry'. This winter Yuppies Music will be touring an exhibition! Just how did the English band Fat White Family—whose first record, Champagne Holocaust, featured a song titled “Bomb Disneyland” and whose follow-up included songs about serial killers and a homoerotic country tune, “Goodbye Goebbels,” written from the perspective of Hitler in the bunker—shock people this time? Nathan Saoudi, Lias’ young brother and the group’s raven haired organist, says: “It was more of a fight than a gig. 26 bands you should see at End of the Road 2015 according to the music industry 31 August 2015. a sold-out Brixton Academy in September 2016. So a whole part of the new album was about building a place that was free from all that. You’re kind of at peak humiliation from the outset—you can’t make more of a fool of yourself. It’s almost as if people need him more than he needs us. It’s a brief break from the road, but one that’s allowing him to take stock of the kind of year that he perhaps never thought he’d have again. 505 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from ‘liassaoudi’ hashtag It’s a brief break from the road, but one that’s allowing him to take stock of the kind of year that he perhaps never thought he’d have again. Improbably, Fat White Family worked their way back. When he and his bandmates brought the curtain down on Songs for Our Mothers in front of a sold-out Brixton Academy in September 2016, it looked for all the world as if it might be a last hurrah. And are you planning on coming back to New York—or the states—to tour anytime soon? . “We’ve got a little four-piece—just a keyboard, a flute, an acoustic guitar, and me,” Saoudi says. We definitely had an obsession with America—maybe we spent a little bit too much time there for our own good, though. At the time, that was the last thing on our minds—it was a kind of playing-in-pubs period where we were doing it just for our own amusement. I had not ever seen most of an entire band rather unceremoniously strip entirely naked during their second song—. It’s like band Vietnam: You go in there and you don’t come out the same. Finding the balance—getting things juxtaposed just right—that’s kind of the whole package right there. Vogue may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. All that’s kind of on there, but it’s all by the by. “Nightmarishly so. There’s an escapism in that—you’re trying to create your own little dream world on every track. It's just that I think that meaningful criticism of rock and roll has been abandoned, at this point. Fat White Family haben am Montag ein Konzert in Berlin gegeben. That doesn’t sit quite right with me. . The fruitful, fragile bond between Saoudi and guitarist and songwriter Saul Adamczewski appeared to be ready to buckle under the weight of rampant drug addiction and dramatic differences of opinion. I guess that’s how you end up getting onto the next thing.”, In conversation, that’s something that Saoudi is doing constantly; his thoughts move faster than his mouth, you suspect, and therefore his ruminations on the ramifications of the success of Serfs Up! © 2020 Condé Nast. So we just started smashing the equipment up. sachalecca. All rights reserved. But their recent showcase at SXSW has gained has been talked about less for the music, and more for lead singer Lias Saoudi’s manic stage presence, emerging in his underwear, doused in baby oil, and culminating a low-fi droning number with a high-pitched wail before diving off the stage to roll around in the dirt. That’s in addition to the healthy chunk of side project material he reels off the details of, all to be expected within 12 months – more Insecure Men from Saul, more synth-pop offshoots from Nathan, and more acid house from himself. To say it’s a sea change from their earlier work is to understate the case. It’s not just that Fat White Family appear to have successfully walked through the fire – it’s that they’ve so smartly reinvented themselves in the process. Lias Saoudi, Soundtrack: T2 Trainspotting. Let’s start with the name: Why call yourselves Fat White Family? Is this the band that Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono worked with you on? rhysjoejoshtomfarisblog . Idles singer Joe Talbot recently confessed he was so mad about all the brickbat-hurling that he wanted to “drive up to London” to confront Fat White Family’s Lias Saoudi. Your first album was, shall we say, relentlessly hectic, and you’ve said, about your follow-up, Songs For Our Mothers, that “we really tried to go to the extremes of what’s tasteful—or even good.” And this new one is obviously an entirely different concept? As Adamczewski continued to tangle with his substance issues elsewhere, it was Saoudi who effectively frogmarched the rest of the band (including his brother, Nathan) to Sheffield, where – in the necessarily non-stimulating surrounds of a nondescript industrial estate – he made their unlikely comeback a reality. Fat White Family play Potterrow, Edinburgh, 21 Nov; QMU, Glasgow, 22 Novfatwhitefamilymusic.com. Let’s also not forget Randy [Jones, the cowboy from the Village People]. Do you still bring that kind of energy? "That means there will be a sigh of disappointment, from time to time, because I haven’t set myself on fire on stage, but that’s just the way it is. Yeah—Sean Lennon coproduced a lot of our record, and Yoko sang on there as well. Six months after the release of Fat White Family’s third record Serfs Up!, Lias Saoudi is convalescing. He’s forcefully expressive across all facets of Fat White Family’s existence – an ambitious spokesman who, when pressed, will launch into a spiel about how his father’s homeland of Algeria would be the ideal backdrop for the recording of album number four, rather than being in any way taciturn about what’s next. But it turns out quite quickly that the brothers don’t really want to speak too much about Gaga. I suppose we took it a little bit too far in certain directions. 5,745 Followers, 575 Following, 111 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Lias Saoudi (@lias_saoudi) Am Wochenende zog Sänger Lias Saoudi blank, und auch jetzt ist er schon wieder recht leicht bekleidet Seeing your band live a couple years ago was something I may not ever forget. But I’ll never say never: It depends on the right food, the right drinks, the right company. I’m confused now by what they mean by regulation. I think if we treat it respectfully, maybe it’ll treat us the same way. says Saoudi. “That wasn’t baby oil,” interjects Adamczewski, “It was margarine actu And did anybody along the way—a manager, a label person, a close friend—try to talk you out of it or tell you that you couldn’t sell records with a name like that? #alex turner #arctic monkeys #fat white family #lias saoudi. B-side “Blue”—the B-side to “Armed With Love”—these kind of sounds. You’ve said earlier that “I looked at Grenfell as, like, the monolith in Space Odyssey, sent through time by Margaret Thatcher to remind us of ourselves and how far we’d fallen from grace.” If that’s Grenfell, then what’s Brexit? Explore releases from Lias Saoudi at Discogs. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. So that’s where the name comes from—with a little dose of Manson Family in there just for the full cliché. The title, Serfs Up, is a nod to the populist era we find ourselves in—this idea of the oppressed masses reaching up and selecting more oppression for themselves. “A lot of that has gone down the toilet, and I look at things like…did you read the reviews of the new Nick Cave album? Log in Sign up. frequently evoke the bigger picture. This past January they released their newest album, “Songs For Our Mothers,” on Fat Possum Records. Find and follow posts tagged lias saoudi on Tumblr. They wouldn’t let us play. Lias Saoudi talks rock 'n roll, David Bowie, and Lou Reed on the "After Hours at the Burgundy Room" podcast. Lias Saoudi: Probably, it gave us the chance to pick up the pieces and start all over again. It’s like you won’t put a fucking cap on the rent in South London but you’ll happily bomb Libya. View the profiles of people named Elias Saoudi. Saul Adamczewski: But also as musicians, it would have been boring to just continue to make thin lo-fi or garage rock. That's even if, as Saoudi admits, part of the reason for throwing out off-the-wall suggestions for studio locations next time out is because “none of us have dealt with our addictions in a serious enough way to be able to jump back into a major city like London, Paris or New York feet first.” After the near-collapse at Brixton three years ago, though, have Britain’s most openly hedonistic outfit ditched the hard stuff for mindfulness and kale smoothies – especially when their burgeoning fanbase turns up expecting mayhem? So I’ve got no regrets about any of that—although I’m not sure if that’s exactly the flavor I’ll be signing up for this time around. You don’t need some mad musical lexicon. 637 Likes, 27 Comments - Lias Saoudi (@lias_saoudi) on Instagram: “I’m looking for an apartment in Paris from October onwards preferably in the Belleville area, any…” It’s a sonically diffuse affair that is never afraid to go for a thematic wander. Although I don’t think Saul was aware of the Thin White Duke—he’s not really a Bowie fan. —and then play the rest of the gig that way while looking like the whole thing might come crashing to an end at any second. #lias saoudi #fat white family #the fat white family #fat whites #acheron #the acheron #saul adamczewski #joseph pancucci #adam j harmer #dan lyons #nathan saoudi #sacha lecca #rolling stone #rollingstone.com. 23.8k Followers, 184 Following, 241 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Fat White Family (@fat_white_family) It’s a weird thing when you’re kind of playing for beer money and you’re all chipping in for a half gram of speed, and then all of a sudden everybody wants to book you and you’re the flavor of the month and all this kind of bullshit descends. I'm Your Biggest Fan by The Eccentronic Research Council but who have subsequently released an "expanded" EP of material under their own name. The lo-fi scratchiness that defined its predecessors is evident only in bursts, with sharp melody (I Believe in Something Better) and lush textures (Kim’s Sunsets) suddenly front and centre, with room still allowed for wonky funk (Fringe Runner) and dark rambunctiousness (Tastes Good With the Money). Let’s try and do lush pop music. ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS SAVING THE WINDMILL, ALL GLORY BE TO OUR…” Lias Saoudi: ‘I like anybody who is willing to take themselves into a realm of parody.’ Photograph: Andy Hall for the Observer @kathryn42. “The process was all-consuming,” he recalls. Read Lias Saoudi's full post about IDLES on thesocial.com. I’m trying to grow as a songwriter, and we all want to go down some different avenues. Sat 18 … And as you get older and listen to more stuff and work with more people, that voice can expand a bit—you learn to navigate different sounds and structures and instrumentation. As I meet Lias and Nathan Saoudi of Fat White Family in Berlin, I am forced to scratch my original interview idea. I mean, heroin abuse is kind of like band cancer—it’s the worst fucking thing. Which was how we started out—making things for fun. 'Super Cool Drawing Machine - the musicians' art show' will appear in different venues across the country. 642k Followers, 138 Following, 8,047 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Ambitiouz Entertainment (@ambitiouz_entertainment) It wasn’t like we had any kind of trajectory mapped out—in fact, we would have found the very idea kind of half-laughable, half-contemptible at best in those primordial days. Five stars across the board. They cut the microphones. We caught up with the band’s founder and lead singer, Lias Saoudi, in Liverpool just after a low-key acoustic-type gig to support the new album. The thing I’m interested in is modeling everything up—the political and the sexual and the personal—and stirring it all up together. 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