FIDLAR – s/t LP

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FIDLAR is a group of four snotty twenty-somethings from Los Angeles who sing about the important things in life: drugs, skateboarding, and, well, doing more drugs. This is their debut LP on the Mom + Pop label from New York City.

After an entire month of reading “best of 2012” lists, I was ready to bring in the new year with new music, and (hopefully) forget about the cookie cutter folk poppers who we just can’t seem to escape. 2013 has not only delivered one of the best punk records I’ve heard in years, but also a new mantra for us live by: FIDLAR, or “Fuck It Dog, Life’s A Risk.” Their incredibly catchy garage rock nods to punks like NOBUNNY (see “No Waves”), Jay Reatard, the Ramones, the Descendants and Black Lips while maintaining their own style, which seems to be that they don’t give a shit about their style, or what you think about it.

The four rabble-rousers, Zac Carper, Elvis Keuhn, Brandon Schwartzel, and Max Kuehn, have been playing together since 2009 and just released their self-titled debut on January 22nd. While it may be their first official release, you can tell these kids have done their homework (if you count homework as smoking tons of pot and spinning the hell out of punk records).

On the surface, the record is an infectious collection of 14 two to three minute pop punk tunes that sound like they could have been written by a 19-year-old kid who just got out of jail for armed robbery and possession of methamphetamine. It’s littered with dark lyrics that reference drug addiction, unemployment, poverty, and depression. On “Wake Bake Skate,” one of the album’s most memorable tracks, singer Zac Carper sings “Do a bunch of drugs I’m a fiend and an addict / All methed up watching television static / And I’m gonna try and make it for another year / Just to hang out with my best friends and drink a lot of beer.”

The most revealing song on the album is the “secret track” (these still exist) that picks up at exactly 4:20 in the album’s closer “Cocaine.” It’s a country-tinged rock song that sounds nothing like the rest of the album, where Carper croons “I’m spending all my cash on cheap cocaine / I’ve been wasted almost everyday / And I don’t know what to do / It kind of sucks being 22.” It’s hard to say, but this almost sounds like the moment where FIDLAR withdraw from their century-long dope binge.

Written By: Joseph Alan

Genre/ Tags: Punk, Pop, Garage Rock
s/t LP: Tracklist:
1.) Cheap Beer
2.) Stoked and Broke
3.) White on White
4.) No Waves
5.) Whore
6.) Max Can’t Surf
7.) Black Out Stout
8.) Wake Bake Skate
9.) Gimmie Something
10.) 5 to 9
11.) LDA
12.) Paycheck
13.) Wait for the Man
14.) Cocaine

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5 responses to “FIDLAR – s/t LP

  1. “On ‘Wake Bake Skate,’ one of the album’s most memorable tracks…” say no more, I already know this is the poseuriest poseur shit of 2013. good god. this band is the biggest waste of life and their PR firm have pulled off a damn good swindle, getting so many outlets to give a shit about them.

    zac’s blog is usually so far underground, it’s nice to see it cover something that has gotten a good bit of attention, to add its voice to the conversation…bummed it’s the same fawning, un-critical view of the group you can find everywhere else.

    this is no diss on the review…well written, solid piece, but guys: don’t fall for this bullshit. they bit off hundreds of bands in this nu-surf/garage scene, ponied up for a hotshit PR boutique and got their record up the ass of every major music writing outlet out there. there’s no merit to this record.

  2. while the whole business side of joe’s comments may be true, the album is good, way good, the kids can play, let the suits fuck themselves with oily rolls of silver dollars, it takes nothing away from what will certainly be one of the best albums of 2013.

  3. i kinda figured the business stuff was true, but joe doesn’t say why he doesn’t like the music, other than- we assume- everybody else likes it so he can’t. which isn’t really a reason at all, just a mindless programmed reaction, that isn’t correct. if it were correct then we could pass on it, but there is merit to this album. as you pointed out:
    “While it may be their first official release, you can tell these kids have done their homework (if you count homework as smoking tons of pot and spinning the hell out of punk records).

    On the surface, the record is an infectious collection of 14 two to three minute pop punk tunes that sound like they could have been written by a 19-year-old kid who just got out of jail for armed robbery and possession of methamphetamine. It’s littered with dark lyrics that reference drug addiction, unemployment, poverty, and depression. [. . .] The most revealing song on the album is the “secret track” (these still exist) that picks up at exactly 4:20 in the album’s closer “Cocaine.” It’s a country-tinged rock song that sounds nothing like the rest of the album, where Carper croons “I’m spending all my cash on cheap cocaine / I’ve been wasted almost everyday / And I don’t know what to do / It kind of sucks being 22.” It’s hard to say, but this almost sounds like the moment where FIDLAR withdraw from their century-long dope binge.”

    so what if they got mtv to notice them it’s not like they’re getting their own fucking show on the disney channel.

  4. who cares? its fun music to drink whiskey to.

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