FIDLAR: "We Just Wanted To Play Loud"
To musical purists, Los Angeles' FIDLAR isn't all that complicated. To the Urban Outfitters, vinyl-collecting teen set, FIDLAR could be seen as intimidating. To the dirty, denim-clad, skateboarding, chainsmoking neo-angst kids, FIDLAR is a voice. Acronymic for Fuck It Dog, Life's A Risk, the band, in all aspects of their approach, embody the antithesis of stereotyped current Los Angeles music. They're brash, they're loud, and you'll likely leave a show bloody, covered in beer, or both -- they're simply fun as hell.
FIDLAR Facebook Elvis Kuehn, Max Kuehn, Zac Carper, and Brandon Schwartzel of FIDLAR
Of all things, FIDLAR was formed as a viable response to the frustrations of its members: An outlet that differed from the Silver Lake and Echo Park scenes, something in line with the rise of similarly heavy acts like The Shrine and Pangea, and even the major-to-minor label change for bassist Brandon Schwartzel, who came from slicked-back L.A. brethren act Rooney.
"Me and Zac lived in Echo Park and Silver Lake for a long time and were around all those indie bands that were playing, and that was kind of one of the reasons that we started making music that we do," says Schwartzel, speaking by phone after having just stepped out of a Russian spa in Seattle. "We just wanted to play loud, playing with bands that had the same attitude. It's awesome to see everyone doing well."
Having found a home on New York's Mom + Pop Music, FIDLAR, along with Californian compatriots Wavves, stand out in the roster as the more rambunctious foil to acts like Metric and Hunters. While the label deal was initially questioned by the band, wondering if their approach and sound would fit in with the established indie brand, the Mom + Pop alliance has proven to be an ideal fit for the band.
"A lot of people say 'That's the enemy,' that's the label and all of the bullshit that comes with being a band, but you can find a way to work it out," Schwartzel says. "We basically just tell [Mom + Pop] what we want to do and they put it out, which is cool, it's how it should be."
What FIDLAR does is fast, frenzied, and reminiscent of skate culture, even if it's not readily recognizable.