FIDLAR: "We Just Wanted To Play Loud"
Laced with insider Californian references on songs like headbang-ready "5 to 9" or "Cheap Beer," L.A. is as much a part of FIDLAR's sound as the pages they've torn from the punk bible. One can't help but wonder if FIDLAR's at the forefront of a new punk movement, now stemming from Highland Park and Culver City rather than the late '70s wave from the South Bay.
"We didn't just wind up [in Los Angeles], and we're not aggro about it, like 'We're only gonna record in L.A., we're never gonna leave!'" Schwartzel laughs. "As of now we've been touring a bunch and we check out other cities and you go to a new town, going 'Maybe I could live here,' but whenever I come back home, I go, 'No, this is better.'"
As the epicenter of West Coast hedonism, there doesn't seem to be a place than L.A. that's better suited to FIDLAR's ethic, or lack thereof. The band's longevity isn't a question, as they're not the types to plan that far ahead. Whether in lyricism or evidenced by their live set, FIDLAR is about what feels good and what's most fun in the moment.
"We don't really think about it too much, we make the music we want and we record how we want to record, put it out how we want to put it out," Schwartzel says. "For us, that keeps us happy because we're never not doing something we want to do."
FIDLAR are scheduled to play Crescent Ballroom on Tuesday, September 24.
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