Fat White Family: ‘There’s a class war being waged and we’re all in it’

Band discuss state of British politics and new album

Fat White Family have spoken about their political beliefs and declared that there is currently “a class war being waged” in the UK.

In NME’s 50 New Bands For 2015 issue, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, guitarist Saul Adamczewski discussed the current state of British politics and the time he attended an EDL march, “not out of support, but because I wanted to see what it was like up close”.

“Those people have genuine grievances – they see traditional working-class English values disappearing, and they’re scared about it,” Adamczewski said of the incident. “But they don’t realise it’s not the Muslims who are fucking them. I’d like to live in a self-governing anarcho-syndicalist community, where everyone helps each other out.”

Frontman Lias Saoudi added: “There’s a class war being waged and we’re all in it regardless of whether you know it or not. When they’re selling off the NHS and leaving people to rot, where do you draw the line? They’re even doing away with crisis loans, because obviously these poor fucking drug addicts looking for £6.56 to make their lives tolerable for a few hours is what’s sinking the economy.”

The band also discussed their second album, which they’re working on in New York. “We’ve really tried to go to the extremes of what’s tasteful, or even good,” Adamczewski divulged. “After we did the first one, people pointed out that we had a lot of different styles going on, which wasn’t intentional, but which I quite liked the idea of. I know that we’re not pushing anything forward. I know we’re not making anything groundbreaking. But what we do well, I think, is taking bits of this and bits of that – glam rock, punk, psychedelia, folk, country – and putting them all together. I’ve realised that we can make any kind of music; we’re not stuck in one genre. That’s my favourite thing about the band.”

Fat White Family’s second album and the follow up to 2013’s ‘Champagne Holocaust” is being co-produced by Sean Lennon after the band met him at a performance at SXSW last year. Work on the record is currently taking place at Lennon’s state-of-the-art studio in a remote upstate mansion owned by Yoko Ono. It was previously reported that the band have been using John Lennon’s old Beatles equipment while working on the record.

NME’s annual Radar issue features the best new bands set to dominate 2015. Listen to a playlist of NME’s top 50 picks here.