Fat White Family launch record label, cancel Black Lips gigs

Without Consent will release the Brixton group's forthcoming material as well as other artists and 'old blues classics'

Fat White Family have launched their own record label, named Without Consent.

The band will not only release their own music on the label but will also put out records by other artists as well as re-releasing some “old blues classics”, reports Music Week. The label’s first release will be the band’s next single this summer. The group’s second album, the follow up to 2013’s ‘Champagne Holocaust’, will be released in 2015. [PIAS] Cooperative will provide marketing and distribution for the label.

Meanwhile, the Brixton-based band recently cancelled their run of gigs supporting Black Lips after singer Lias Saoudi fell ill. On May 27 the band posted a message on Facebook reading: “We will not be playing tonight’s show with the black lips in Paris. Lias is sick.” On May 29 they informed fans that the rest of the tour with US band was being pulled: “Lias needs some time off to recuperate so we are forced to cancel next week’s shows with the Black Lips.”


The band were recently banned from supporting Franz Ferdinand at Somerset House this July, after being told by the venue they did “not fit in with the ethos of the event”.

Issuing their own statement to NME, Fat White Family responded to the ban, saying: “Fat White Family were asked by Franz Ferdinand to support them at Somerset House. Greedily eyeing the thousands of innocents that would be gathered there, the band eagerly said yes. We find no little irony in the fact that The Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House has amongst its permanent collection A Bar At The Folies-Bergere by Eduard Manet, someone who himself was once deemed a danger to public health. This was said about Manet’s painting the Absinthe Drinker when it was rejected for the Paris Salon: ‘An absinthe drinker! And they paint abominations like that! My poor friend, you are the absinthe drinker. It is you who have lost your moral sense.’ Plus ca change as the French might say.”