Fat White Family Setlist
April 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
April 30 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
May 2 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right
May 3 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
May 4 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
May 6 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
May 7 - Toronto, ON - Velvet Underground
The garagey band (singer/guitarist Katie Monks, guitarist Liz Ball, bassist Jimmy Tony, and drummer Benjamin Reinhartz) played pretty much everything on Sore, including “Snake Head”, “Green” and “Candy Mountain”. The latter was actually a 7” available exclusively from Fat Possum Records - the label that Fat White Family is currently signed with.
Monks had little to say on their 40-min set, other than that she was upset (her exact words, “pissed off”) before the gig, and now she’s feeling much better.
Fat White Family (and ‘intoxicated guest’)
The band mostly dressed in Army Surplus-wear, reminding me of early S*M*A*S*H or Manic Street Preachers imageries, and they sound a bit like the Sex Pistols and The Fall (yes, they even have a song called “I Am Mark E. Smith”).
Despite the lateness (last minute soundcheck pushed their set time to 10:15pm), extremely low light, all the drinking (Saoudi probably opened/drank four beers, including one that a fan bought him during the show), Saoudi taking off his clothes (thankfully, keeping his pants on), smoking on stage (smoking is banned in venues... but I guess technically they can plead ‘artistic performance’) and sound difficulties... by all account this should be the worst show. But it’s not, this band actually sounded pretty great. I love the militant singing, the constant bass and crashing, noisy guitars, throughout their 45-minute set (with no encores).
Fat White Family’s sophomore album Songs For Our Mothers is out now on Fat Possum Records. See the band live to experience the madness yourself... the sooner, the better.
Fat White Family at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (26 April 2016)