“Fuck it dog, life’s a risk.” That’s what FIDLAR stands for, both in name and in spirit. The Los Angeles band earned the title “slacker rock,” and while it only takes one listen to realize why, it’s not entirely fair—FIDLAR has been working hard.
Judging by a handful of tracks and an EP of shit they recorded in their bedroom, FIDLAR is something we’ve long been waiting for—that fuzzy, crunchy, distorted garage rock/punk sound that’s actually done well, and done consistently. For years this sound has permeated the indie world, but for every cool single there are 20 mediocre bands with cool haircuts and ironic shirts who pump out loads of songs that all sound the same.
If you like the sound but you’re sick of not having a favorite band doing it, you need to know FIDLAR. They’ve got an ear for fun, catchy melodies, a balance between punk-minded, carefree lyrics and something more dark and moody, and the ability to mix things up enough to never be boring.
The guys have been DIY-style for a while now, but they recently signed with Mom + Pop Records and their self-titled debut album is due January 22nd. So far it’s sounding like a great one. If you aren’t already familiar, get acquainted. Click through for essential listening, videos of the band, and an interview.
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