Throbbing, pulsating, unpredictable, the TV Studio of SWG3 felt alive on Tuesday night from the moment the Fat White Family hit the stage. Supported by Heavenly Recordings’ Working Men’s Club, the gig was jumping from the moment we actually arrived in the venue, but it was great to see the place looking so lively with people willing to let themselves go to the music.
Fat White Family, who formed in Peckham in London, have since moved to Sheffield to distance themselves from their hard drugs and booze addictions, living life a little cleaner, which seems to have had a positive effect on their music. Serf’s Up, the album they most recently releases via Domino Records has had a great deal of acclaim and judging from tonight’s performance, I am not surprised.
Sadly, their support, albeit lively, didn’t really strike anyone it appeared until perhaps the last two tracks when they got the synths out and cow bell, performing funkier sounds. With many indie influences the band seemed to possess a lot of energy. But that was forgotten by the time Lias and band came on stage.
Beginning their set with a dedication to Dale Barclay, lead singer of the Amazing Snakeheads, who recently passed away, the band were on form from the get go. Lias was sporting a new shaved head, mullet look, dressed in a Welcome to Glasgow t shirt, which certainly got the tongues wagging. And by no more than four tracks in he is already down in amongst the audience, thrashing his head whilst playing tracks such as Tinfoil Deathstar, Hits, Hits, Hits and Touch The Leather. Half expecting the crowd to go all hell for leather with Whitest Boy on the Beach, I was sadly mistaken as other tracks seem to inspire a rowdier response.
As expected there was a brief moment of crowd surfing from the lead singer as the rest of the band kept it tight on stage, performing older tracks such as Cream of the Young. Concluding the evening with Bomb Disneyland there was an excitement in the crowd as they dispersed and made their route home. The only disappointment was to learn that it was the exact same set as the rest of their tour, which destroys all ideas of the sporadic, unpredictable behaviour of the band. But they have cleaned themselves up now.