‘Tastes Good With The Money’ is the second offering from the Fat White Family’s upcoming third album Serfs Up. It is powerful, critical and throbbing with new inspirations and relevant lyricism.
The track is, in fact, joyous. Sometimes upbeat, often melodramatic, it would not sound out of place at the top end of a pier in Great Yarmouth nor the deep ends of Los Angeles’ sunset strip. A euphoric beat simmers nicely in the background as lyrics emphasise the ironic false prosperity of modern culture. An ode to West London’s cultural high life, it has a chorus more intrinsic than anything we have seen from the band before.
“In truth, the Fat White Family have, in their time, recaptured and redefined the essence of a music scene in London.”
This follows the release of ‘Feet,’ a well balanced redefinition of Fat White Family’s long standing punk-ish sound. Now, perhaps as a direct result of side offerings such as Insecure Men and The Moonlandingz, their sound is far deeper, more menacing and well established. Making use of more instruments new inspirations and a decade of musical education, one can realistically compare the ever changing London based outfit to the likes of Depeche Mode and Leonard Cohen.
At times, you’d have been forgiven for misinterpreting the band as a sleazier Libertines love child. In essence, this makes sense. The Libertines were once a powerful guerrilla based outlet, a proponent of Camden’s rock and roll scene which was, during its time, exciting. They created a scene which Fat White Family have done so naturally south of the river. However, as is becoming obvious, FWF have the ability to evolve and repurpose their sound to suit its era.
In truth, the Fat White Family have, in their time, recaptured and redefined the essence of a music scene in London. The late 00s were bleak times, filled with copycat indie bands ruining the legacy of their predecessors. However, the past five years or so have, truthfully, seen the band top a pyramid of new wave sleaze-punk never destined for the mainstream. It is honest, raw and critically important, their new album is fraught with expectation, something which no other London based scene can offer.
And with this, anticipation could not be higher as we prepare for the release of Serfs Up. This is reflected in its tour dates as the band take to large venues across the country, many of which for the first time.
We can all agree, ‘Tastes Good With The Money’ is euphoric at times, lyrically ironic too. Now, take this upbeat, euphoric sound and imagine it amongst the backdrop of a bloody English banquet, Monty Python-esque of course. That is fellow musician Roisin Murphy’s interpretation in a miraculous, comedic, colourful foray into directing. A work of art, watch it for yourself! Featuring the idyllic, soothing voice of Baxter Drury, it is stupendously good.
‘Tastes Good With The Money’ is at times devilish. It represents the third edition of the Fat White Family, now a band armed with musical ability and cultural importance.
We’ll leave you with Roisin Murphy’s take on the band, and her desire to work with FWF:
“I’ve been making it known for years how much I wanted to make a video for this band. I’m a massive fan of FWF and I’ve been chasing this opportunity for a long time. I used every possible connection I had, I have asked people to ask people, I’ve contacted the band on social media, I really set my heart on this. For me there’s such a charm about them and an authenticity that’s actually incredibly rare. I knew I could not possibly work with a more magnetic bunch of performers.
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