Fat White Family announce details of fourth album 'Forgiveness Is Yours'
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Fat White Family announce details of fourth album 'Forgiveness Is Yours'

Fat White Family are back with the most sophisticated, vital and flamboyant creation of their career.

The cult south-London band’s resplendent fourth album, Forgiveness Is Yours, released on Friday the 26th of April, has, like everything they’ve done pushed them to the limits not only of their creative talent, but of their health, their sanity, their very existence.

Today, the band share a gloriously exuberant video for "Bullet Of Dignity", the latest track to be taken from the album. The video, directed by Niall Trask features the band in an AI homage to image creators Pierre & Gilles, Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard. "Bullet of Dignity" follows the recent release of the album track, "Religion For One".


To Lias Saoudi, Forgiveness Is Yours, is about life as eternal contingency…about no longer suspecting, but knowing that this shit will never get any easier…in fact, it’s about to get a whole lot worse, your body’s going to go into decay and the people you love will slowly start dropping dead around you…but somehow, you’ve smashed enough of your expectations thus far in life, you’re sort of fine with it…you accept it.” Its eleven tracks come on like a sideways state of the nation tirade, a bulletin of indignities chronicling times spinning wildly out of joint yet happily, for all its creators’ sufferings (founding member Saul Adamczewski permanently and acrimoniously left the band during its recording), Forgiveness Is Yours is an embarrassment of delights.

We can only take Lias at his word when he says, "The overarching aesthetic themes at work here are torpor and further torpor still." Forgiveness Is Yours is a testament to the will to create even when catastrophes keep happening, when you’ve come out of the drug-fog long enough to realise that the damage is irreparable, all truces are fleeting, and the game was never worth the candle. Burned clear, blasted free of illusions, Forgiveness Is Yours is a quintessence of disenchantment and the bittersweet fruit of vicious, sinister times. Let’s enjoy it while we can — there’s nothing like it around. 

Right from their earliest days, Fat White Family have instinctively grasped the long-neglected power of myth in rock’n’roll, the necessity of giving people something (or nothing) to believe in. In a drab monoculture of play-it-safe pop careerists, Fat White Family carry the sacred flame. A band with the power to inspire, they are vehemently punk not in sound but in spirit, and their live shows are the stuff of urban legend — fervid whispers told of raw shamanic force, unbridled ferocity, shocking acts of transgression and self-abasement.

During the tumultuous period it’s taken for the new album to arrive, the band has remained active on multiple fronts. Side projects and solo projects abound, they remade The Shawshank Redemption on their phones via Instagram, supported Liam Gallagher at his biggest solo show at Knebworth, made and screened an exquisite, Bergman tinged short film Moonbathing in February while Lias made the surprise lockdown move of refashioning himself as one of the more entertaining, recklessly candid prose writers around, first with his column for The Social, ‘Beyond the Neutral Zone’, and then by collaborating with author Adelle Stripe on one of the great rock’n’roll books of this or any other decade, Ten-Thousand Apologies: Fat White Family and the Miracle of Failure.

Fat White Family Forgiveness Is Yours

Album | 26th April 2024

Fat White Family are back with the most sophisticated, vital and flamboyant creation of their career.

The cult south-London band’s resplendent fourth album Forgiveness Is Yours, like everything they’ve done, has pushed them to the limits not only of their creative talent, but of their health, their sanity, their very existence.

Tracklisting

  • 1The Archivist
  • 2John Lennon
  • 3Bullet of Dignity
  • 4Polygamy Is Only For The Chief
  • 5Visions of Pain
  • 6Today You Become Man
  • 7Religion for One
  • 8Feed The Horse
  • 9What's That You Say
  • 10Work
  • 11You Can't Force It

Fat White Family Forgiveness Is Yours

Album | 26th April 2024

Fat White Family are back with the most sophisticated, vital and flamboyant creation of their career.

The cult south-London band’s resplendent fourth album Forgiveness Is Yours, like everything they’ve done, has pushed them to the limits not only of their creative talent, but of their health, their sanity, their very existence.

Tracklisting

  • 1The Archivist
  • 2John Lennon
  • 3Bullet of Dignity
  • 4Polygamy Is Only For The Chief
  • 5Visions of Pain
  • 6Today You Become Man
  • 7Religion for One
  • 8Feed The Horse
  • 9What's That You Say
  • 10Work
  • 11You Can't Force It
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