Formed back in 2011 out of the musical swamp that is South London’s squat scene, the group first bared their teeth (or lack of) via intense live shows at Brixton’s Queen’s Head pub. Led by vocalist Lias Saoudi and guitarist Saul Adamczewski, the band are an antithesis to the more sanitised pop music currently dominating the charts. The Fat Whites look and (possibly) smell like a pure distillation of all things rock and roll, seemingly oozing filth both in their style and unhinged songs. Album highlights including Cream of the Young and Is it Raining in Your Mouth? cut through the greasy hyperbole, mixing up the rockabilly of The Cramps with lyrical weirdness and overdoses of raw country and blues.
Key gigs at last year’s South by South West, The Great Escape, Glastonbury and pretty much every other festival that would host them, has given the band a reputation as hard working as much as for hell raising. They’ve built a loyal following and have more recently been living, recording and partying in New York, constructing a hotly anticipated follow-up album with unexpected musical ally Sean Lennon. Other projects include a collaboration with Sheffield’s oddballs Eccentronic Research Council and point to an exciting year ahead. Amid the fog of rhetoric and rumour surrounding them, is an amazing rock band, cracked yet creative, constantly on the brink of spontaneous combustion. It’s this life out in the margins which makes them and their music so compelling.
With a sold-out 18-date tour now under their belts and a spring 2015 tour with The Vamps, the quartet have also released a successful second album (You Got It All), two books and launched their own successful merchandise range.
Hailing from north east London, pscyhe rockers Firestations describe themselves as a multi-limbed ‘dream pop’ act.
The group formed from the ashes of previous outfits Astronauts, Dark Captain, Quickspace and Left With Pictures, and have been circulating the orbits of switched on tastemakers since the first got together back in 2012. Their kaleidoscopic take on indie rock has so far won them fans in high places, with Sophie Ellis-Bextor pledging her love alongside The Skinny, DIY and The Sound of Confusion blogspots.
Bonding over a shared love for the feedback heavy, tunefulness of the likes of Sparklehorse and Yo La Tengo, the group’s Never Closer was released through Waltz Time Records last November and is a great introduction to their distorted, hazy sounds.