words + photos by Joe Cortez
I'm not quite sure if Londoners by way of Peckham Fat White Family are the last great pure rock and roll band or the herald of some coming renaissance but one thing's for certain: what they're doing is vital, important and damn good time. Currently on the road in support of their latest album, the quintessentially English "Songs for our Mothers" (available now via Fat Possum Records) Fat White Family stopped by Santa Ana's Constellation Room this past Thursday night for a night following a date at LA's Satellite the night before.
Like most great rock bands before them, there seems to be an intensely combustible core that binds the members together, seemingly always on the verge of implosion, but it's likely this nucleus, whether known to the band or not, is what gives Fat White Family its power. Sneering their way through a brisk 30 minute (give or take) set, they seemed to regard the Orange County audience with a certain disdain. You'd think such an attitude would be a turn off but it only served to further endear them to the fortunate few gathered for their set.
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