Fat White Family are an English rock band, formed in 2011 in Peckham, South London.

Fat White Family
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Fat White Family at Immergut Festival 2016
Background information
OriginPeckham, South London, England
Years active2011 (2011)–present
  • Domino
  • Trashmouth
  • Fat Possum
  • Hate Hate Hate
  • Without Consent
Associated acts
  • Lias Kaci Saoudi
  • Saul Adamczewski
  • Nathan Saoudi
  • Adam J Harmer
  • Alex White
  • Sam Toms
  • Adam Brennan
Past members
  • Ciaran Hartnett
  • Jack Everett
  • Joseph Pancucci-Simpson
  • Dan Lyons
  • Jak Payne
  • Taishi Nagasaka
  • Severin Black


The band, fronted by Southampton-born[1] and Huddersfield-raised Lias Kaci Saoudi,[2] formed in 2011. Lead guitarist Saul Adamczewski was previously the frontman of indie pop band the Metros, which also featured Fat White Family's bass player, Jak Payne.[3]

They released their debut album, Champagne Holocaust, in 2013, on UK label Trashmouth Records. It was released in 2014 in the U.S. on Fat Possum Records. The band released Fat Whites/Taman Shud, a split EP with Taman Shud, on 11 December 2013 on Trashmouth.[4]

On 10 March 2014, Fat White Family issued their first single, "Touch the Leather", on Hate Hate Hate Records.[5]

In early 2014, the band launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund their show at the South by Southwest festival, with a subsequent US tour.[6] Pledgers were given the self-released EP Crippled B-Sides and Inconsequential Rarities. Next was the single "I Am Mark E Smith" (referencing singer Mark E. Smith of the Fall), released 15 December 2014.[7]

Their second album, Songs for Our Mothers, was released in 2016 by the Without Consent label.[8][9] Lias Saoudi described the album as an attempt to “really to get at the shittiness lurking in the core of my own soul, and in everybody else's.”[10] It was promoted with a single for "Whitest Boy on the Beach",[11] which was later chosen for the closing credits of the 2017 film T2 Trainspotting.

Fat White Family's next single, "Breaking Into Aldi", was released on 16 August 2016.[12]

On 9 January 2019, Fat White Family announced that their third album, Serfs Up,[13] would be released on 19 April 2019 on Domino Records. This was followed by the singles "Feet" and "Tastes Good With The Money", the latter featuring spoken lyrics by Baxter Dury, and a video directed by Róisín Murphy.[14] The album was described as "triumphant" and "transcendent" by Adelle Stripe in The Quietus,[15] and The Irish Times said it “feels like a pop album you might slap on as the world is about to end or you’ve just learned Brexit has been pushed back to 2020.”[16]

Other projectsEdit

In 2015, Adamczewski and Lias Saoudi collaborated with Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer of experimental band Eccentronic Research Council on their album Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine... I'm Your Biggest Fan. After its release, the partnership took concepts from the album to form a new band called the Moonlandingz. The act ended up touring together, as well as working with Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Philip Oakey, Randy Jones and Slow Club frontwoman Rebecca Taylor, resulting in the 2017 release of their debut album, Interplanetary Class Classics.[17]

In January 2017, Adamczewski formed the band Insecure Men with Lennon (guitar), Ben Romans-Hopcraft (bass), Jack Everett (drums), Jon Catfish de Lorene (keyboards) and Alex White (saxophone).[18][19] Lennon co-produced their eponymous debut album, released in February 2018.[20][21][22]


Current members

  • Lias Kaci Saoudi – lead vocals
  • Saul Adamczewski – guitar, vocals
  • Nathan Saoudi – keyboards
  • Adam J. Harmer – guitar
  • Sam Toms – drums
  • Adam Brennan – bass
  • Alex White – saxophone

Former members

  • Ciaran Hartnett – bass
  • Jack Everett – drums
  • Joseph Pancucci-Simpson – bass
  • Dan Lyons – drums
  • Jak Payne – bass
  • Taishi Nagasaka – bass
  • Severin Black – drums

Temporary members

  • Chris O.C – drums
  • Dale Barclay – guitar (d. 2018)
  • Martin Dean – drums
  • Mike Brandon – guitar
  • Mairead O'Connor – guitar, bass


Studio albumsEdit


  • Fat Whites/Taman Shud (2013, Trashmouth Records)
  • Crippled B-Sides and Inconsequential Rarities (2014, self-released)


  • "Touch the Leather" (2014, Hate Hate Hate Records)
  • "I Am Mark E Smith" (2014, Without Consent)
  • "Whitest Boy on the Beach" (2016, Without Consent)
  • "Breaking Into Aldi" (2016, Without Consent)
  • "Feet" (2019, Domino Recording Company)


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  15. ^ Stripe, Adelle. "Fat White Family Hit Paydirt". The Quietus. The Quietus. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  16. ^ Power, Ed. "Everyone Thinks We're Complete C**ts". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  17. ^ Sendra, Tim (24 March 2017). "Interplanetary Class Classics - The Moonlandingz | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.com. All Media Network. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  18. ^ Cecilia, Woody (25 January 2017). "Saul Adamczewski from Fat White Family played his first gig with his new 10-piece band last night - Loud And Quiet". Loud And Quiet. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  19. ^ Murray, Eoin (27 January 2017). "The Quietus | News | Insecure Men: Live Report". The Quietus. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  20. ^ Wood, Anna. "Uneasy Does It: Insecure Men Reviewed". The Quietus. The Quietus. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
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  22. ^ Monger, Timothy (February 2018). "Insecure Men". AllMusic.com. All Media Network. Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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