Fidlar

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Fidlar
FIDLAR 2013.jpg
Fidlar performing in 2013
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
Genres
Years active2009–present
Labels
Associated actsLos Bolos,The Diffs,Headhunters,Kitten,Rooney,The Small Wigs,The Squirmers, DJ Basil
Websitewww.fidlarmusic.com
Members
  • Zac Carper
  • Brandon Schwartzel
  • Elvis Kuehn
  • Max Kuehn

Fidlar, stylized as FIDLAR, is a punk rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band is currently signed to Mom + Pop Music in the US,[1] Wichita Recordings in the UK[2] and Dine Alone Records in Canada.[3]

The band's name is an acronym for Fuck It Dog, Life's a Risk, a skate mantra gleaned from singer Zac Carper's former roommates.[4] Originally, Fidlar went under the name 'Fuck The Clock',[5] as referenced in their song 'Cheap Beer'. Founding members Carper and Elvis Kuehn met while working at a recording studio in which Carper was employed as an engineer and Kuehn was an intern. The two started recording songs when the studio was empty and posting the finished products online.[6] Three years after recording their first songs, they stepped on stage together with The Black Lips and went on tour with The Hives.[7]

In 2011, they released their debut EP, DIYDUI, produced by Lewis Pesacov. In 2012, Fidlar were named one of Stereogum's 40 Best New Bands of 2012.[8] In October 2012, the band made their television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly where they performed "Whore" and "No Waves" from their then-upcoming album Fidlar.[9]

The band also played on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2015, where they performed "West Coast" and "Why Generation" from their second album Too.[10] The band was also featured on Conan, in 2016, where they performed "West Coast”"[11]

Members[edit]

Elvis Kuehn (guitar/vocals) and Max Kuehn (drums) are the sons of Greg Kuehn, keyboardist for Long Beach punk legends, T.S.O.L..[12] while Zac Carper (vocals/guitar) is the son of famed surfboard designer John Carper. Zac struggled with drug addiction and spent time in rehab for it, inspiring the song "No Waves".[13] Bassist Brandon Schwartzel was Carper's friend before joining the band, with the two bonding over drugs and homelessness. The four have been performing together as Fidlar since 2009. Zac was born in Hawaii, while Elvis and Max are both from Los Angeles, and Brandon was born in San Diego.

As well as all being members of Fidlar, each member of the band has side-projects they are in:

Carper has produced albums or helped co-write songs by such bands as The Dune Rats,[14] SWMRS,[15] The Frights,[16][17] Sweet Thing,[18] The Goldberg Sisters,[19] Dirty Sweet,[20] and Tokyo Police Club.[21] Schwartzel also periodically performs DJ sets at Monty's Bar under the pseudonym of "DJ Basil".[22] Schwartzel & Max are in a band with members of Together Pangea called Los Bolos.[23] Max has released solo compositions online,[24] as well as being a member of The Squirmers[25][26] The Diffs[27] and the Head Hunters[28] with his brother Elvis, The Small Wigs,[29] and Kitten, with Carper[30] prior to, and during their full time in Fidlar.

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Fidlar
Too
  • Released: September 4, 2015[37]
  • Labels: Mom + Pop Music, Burger (US); Wichita (UK); Hostess (Japan)[38]
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette, digital download
Almost Free
  • Released: January 25, 2019[39]
  • Labels: Mom + Pop, Liberator[39]
  • Formats: LP, Flexi disc, CD, digital download[39]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Extended play details
DIYDUI
  • Released: April 12, 2011[40]
  • Label: White Iris[41]
  • Formats: 7", digital download
Don't Try...
  • Released: April 10, 2012[42]
  • Labels: Mom + Pop (US); Wichita (UK)
  • Formats: 7", CD, digital download
Shit We Recorded in Our Bedroom
  • Released: October 15, 2012[43]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

  • "No Waves / No Ass" (2012)
  • "Cheap Beer" (2012) (First released as cassette in 2011 with tracks "Chinese Weed" and "Carnivore Girls")[44]
  • "Wait for the Man" (2012)
  • "Awkward" (2013) (First released as split with The Orwells - "Awkward / Always N Forever")[45]
  • "40oz on Repeat" (2015)
  • "West Coast" (2015)
  • "Drone" (2015)
  • "Sabotage" (2016) (Beastie Boys cover)
  • "Alcohol" (2018)
  • "Are You High?" (2018)
  • "Too Real" (2018)
  • "Can't You See" (2018)[39]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
February 2012 Wait for the Man[46] Ryan Baxley
February 2012 Max Can't Surf[47] Ryan Baxley
February 2012 Oh[48] Ryan Baxley
June 2012 No Waves[49] Ryan Baxley
October 2012 Cheap Beer[50] Ryan Baxley
November 2012 Gimme Something[51] Ryan Baxley
February 2013 Max Can't Surf (Fidlar Version)[52] Ryan Baxley
July 2013 Cocaine[53] Ryan Baxley
May 2015 40oz On Repeat[54] Ryan Baxley
July 2015 West Coast[55] Ryan Baxley
August 2015 Drone[56] Ryan Baxley
August 2015 Leave Me Alone[57] Ryan Baxley
January 2016 Why Generation[58] Ryan Baxley
April 2016 Punks[59] Ryan Baxley
August 2018 Are You High?[60] FIDLAR
September 2018 Too Real[61] Jonathan Atchley[62]

Appearance in media[edit]

Awards and accolades[edit]

In the 2013 O Music Awards, Fidlar were nominated within the 'Best Web-Born Artist' category[64]

In the 2013 AIM Independent Music Awards, hosted by Association of Independent Music (AIM), Fidlar were nominated within the 'Best Live Act' category[65]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIDLAR Free Up New Song, Join Our Loving Mom+Pop Family, Mom + Pop Music
  2. ^ FIDLAR, Wichita Recordings
  3. ^ FIDLAR, Dine Alone Records
  4. ^ Band to watch: FIDLAR, Rolling Stone
  5. ^ FIDLAR, Pitchfork
  6. ^ "An Interview with Zac Carper from FIDLAR - Janky Smooth". Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  7. ^ "Special: Band Portrait: Fidlar - The Party Punks - artistxite.com". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  8. ^ Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2012, Stereogum
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Staff, Cos. "FIDLAR make TV debut with a rousing performance on Kimmel Live!". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  11. ^ "Fidlar Air 'West Coast' on Conan". DIY Magazine. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  12. ^ T.S.O.L.'s Greg Kuehn Talks About His Punk Rock Progeny FIDLAR, OC Weekly
  13. ^ Interview With Los Angeles Garage Punk Band FIDLAR, Red Bull
  14. ^ "The Kids Will Know It's Bullshit - Dune Rats | Credits". AllMusic. 2017-01-27. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  15. ^ "Drive North - SWMRS | Credits". AllMusic. 2016-02-12. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  16. ^ "You Are Going to Hate This - The Frights | Credits". AllMusic. 2016-02-12. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  17. ^ "The Frights & Zac Carper: The Making of 'You Are Going To Hate This'". YouTube. 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  18. ^ "Sweet Thing - Sweet Thing | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  19. ^ "The Goldberg Sisters - The Goldberg Sisters | Credits". AllMusic. 2011-04-11. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  20. ^ "American Spiritual - Dirty Sweet | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  21. ^ "Champ - Tokyo Police Club | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  22. ^ "Basil // Beaker // Brother (@_dontfeartheweird_) • Instagram photos and videos". Instagram.com. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  23. ^ "Max Kuehn on Instagram: "The Bolos are playing 3 times this weekend. Members of FIDLAR, Together Pangea, The Memories, The Ryan Baxley Experience, and No Parents…"". Instagram.com. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  24. ^ [2]
  25. ^ "THE SQUIRMERS - TAMPICO 7" | WINK AND SPIT". Winkandspit.bandcamp.com. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  26. ^ "Tampico - The Squirmers". YouTube. 2015-08-19. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  27. ^ "Max Kuehn : Conn-Selmer, Inc". Artists.ludwig-musser.com. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  28. ^ [3]
  29. ^ "Small Wigs - Home". Facebook. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  30. ^ "Interview with Chloe Chaidez & Max Kuehn of "Kitten"". Independentphilly.com. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  31. ^ "No Win: The FIDLAR Side Project That Sounds Nothing Like FIDLAR - Noisey". Noisey.vice.com. 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  32. ^ "The Spazmaster's Domain Presents: FIDLAR!". YouTube. 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  33. ^ United States (2011-05-31). "FIDLAR | Free Music, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  34. ^ "FIDLAR Live Show 2010". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  35. ^ "FIDLAR by FIDLAR on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  36. ^ "FIDLAR - FIDLAR". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  37. ^ "Too by FIDLAR on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  38. ^ "FIDLAR - Too". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  39. ^ a b c d "SINGLE BIO: FIDLAR - Can't You See (Liberator Music/Mom+Pop)". Mushroom Promotions. 2018-10-12. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  40. ^ "Diydui - EP by FIDLAR on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  41. ^ "FIDLAR | RING THE ALARM". ringthealarm.tv. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  42. ^ "Don't Try - EP by FIDLAR on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  43. ^ [4]
  44. ^ "FIDLAR – Cheap Beer". Discogs. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  45. ^ "FIDLAR / The Orwells – Awkward / Always N Forever". Discogs. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  46. ^ Baxley, Ryan (21 February 2012). "FIDLAR - Wait For The Man". Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  47. ^ Baxley, Ryan (21 February 2012). "FIDLAR - Max Can't Surf". Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  48. ^ Baxley, Ryan (22 February 2012). "FIDLAR - Oh". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  49. ^ Baxley, Ryan (12 June 2012). "FIDLAR - No Waves". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  50. ^ Baxley, Ryan (25 October 2012). "FIDLAR - Cheap Beer". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  51. ^ Baxley, Ryan (27 November 2012). "FIDLAR - Gimmie Something". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  52. ^ Baxley, Ryan (25 February 2013). "FIDLAR - Max Can't Surf II: The Zuk Trip". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  53. ^ Baxley, Ryan (2 July 2013). "FIDLAR - Cocaine (Feat. Nick Offerman)". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  54. ^ Baxley, Ryan (8 May 2015). "FIDLAR - 40oz On Repeat". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  55. ^ Baxley, Ryan (9 July 2015). "FIDLAR - West Coast". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  56. ^ Baxley, Ryan (14 August 2015). "FIDLAR - Drone". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  57. ^ Baxley, Ryan (30 August 2015). "FIDLAR - Leave Me Alone". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  58. ^ Baxley, Ryan (11 January 2016). "FIDLAR - Why Generation". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  59. ^ Baxley, Ryan (12 April 2016). "FIDLAR - Punks". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  60. ^ "FIDLAR - Are You High? (ft. The 90s)". YouTube. 2018-08-13. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  61. ^ "FIDLAR - Too Real". YouTube. 2018-09-13. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  62. ^ "Home". Jonathanatchley.com. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  63. ^ "Peaky Blinders playlist". Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  64. ^ "New Music Videos, Reality TV Shows, Celebrity News, Pop Culture - MTV". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  65. ^ "AIM Best Live Act 2013". Retrieved 24 January 2018.

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