A new album from maniacal London group Fat White Family is something to be feared and revered. Despite notoriety for all sorts of dastardly habits, their scuzzy rock tunes have garnered them acclaim all over the world.
With their new album Serfs Up! dropping on Friday, we’re taking a look at everything we know so far.
We’re not sure if we should be scared or psyched for Fat White Family’s new album Serfs Up! Regardless, here’s what to expect.
The first we heard of Serfs Up! came via the bonkers single and music video Feet (happily precluded by a ‘PARENTAL ADVISORY’ label). The song is wilder but the clip was even wilder, featuring violence, scenes from war, and yep, a spot of nudity from Lias.
This first taste promised an album that was a touch cleaner than what fans were used to, relatively speaking. The new tracks were to be warm yet still fascinatingly grubby, like you could wash them off with a quick shower rather than a high pressure hose.
Next up was Tastes Good With The Money, a catchy single with a video inspired by Monty Python sketches and some classic British self-depreciating humour. Speaking about the video, director Roisin Murphy shared:
“The idea of referencing Monty Python partly came out of the somewhat absurd and confusing political landscape that we are now living in Britain, Python seems prescient.”
“The British laughing at themselves, a certain kind glee even in the loss of empire, singing as the ship goes down, well it just seems so…of the moment. There is this deep ambivalence to the establishment that resonates with the Fat Whites own irreverent world view.”
According to all rumours, Serfs Up! is the album that turned Fat White Family straight. They’ve stepped out of the gutter and onto the boardwalk, shed their hessian sack clothing for turn-of-the-century casual wear, and sharpened up their songwriting something fierce.
Whatever you call the new direction, we’re primed and ready for the new album. Whether Fat White Family really aren’t so naughty anymore… well, you can decide that for yourself.
Serfs Up! is out April 19th through Domino Recording Company on vinyl, deluxe vinyl, CD, digital download, and streaming. Grab your copy here.