We caught new band FIDLAR – fun, catchy, reckless and authentic punk rock – on the bill at the CBGB festival and thought you should meet the band.
Is punk rock dead? Perhaps the single most popular question associated with the genre, this subject has caused heated arguments (and perhaps a few fistfights) among fans and scholars. But every so often a band comes along that makes you doubt its passing.
These groups are authentic through and through, and have none of the cookie cutter qualities that place bands into the corporate punk-rocker mold. Today, the band restoring my faith is Los Angeles’ own, FIDLAR.
Before last weekend, I had never heard of FIDLAR. My introduction came after seeing them on the CBGB festival bill, where the four-piece was scheduled to perform at Webster Hall in lower Manhattan. After hearing the band’s 2012 EP Don’t Try, it was obvious that FIDLAR had the angst, grit and recklessness of true underground rock trailblazers.
These guys aren’t trying to replicate a distant era or particular sound; rather, the songs they create feel like the natural extension of who they are as young, aimless and self-described “slacker”Â West Coasters.
Don’t Try is here-and-gone in a matter of ten chaotic minutes. Each song, which runs three minutes or less, burns in a frenzy of fuzz and gain. It has the pacing and rapid nature of classic punk records, as well as the frustrated sentiments associated with the genre.
Tracks like “Got No Money”Â describe a lifestyle in which the narrator doesn’t pay bills because “it’s not neccessary,”Â and can’t afford clothes so he’s “looking like a hobo.”Â There are references to broken noses, displacement from a home, and reckless living – all of which come across strangely lighthearted.
The EP’s occasionally clumsy recording quality is endearing, and, in the end, the whole package makes for a killer record that’s both nostalgic and progressive.
Both Don’t Try and their 2011 EP Diydui have garage rock sensibilites that, at times, recall both Nobunny and the Ramones. Like those two particular groups, FIDLAR has encapsulated the spirit of edgy rock. As of now, the band has just over 5,000 fans on Facebook, though it seems that there’s no option but to grow as they continue to tour and put out records.
Despite being “slackers at heart” who only “care about skateboarding,” FIDLAR has a two EP track record of making music that is catchy, raw, and downright fun.
All words by Maren McGlashan. You can read more from Maren on LTW here.