Fidlar

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Fidlar
FIDLAR performing in 2013
FIDLAR performing in 2013
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California
Genres
Years active2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitefidlarmusic.com
Members
  • Zac Carper
  • Brandon Schwartzel
  • Elvis Kuehn
  • Max Kuehn

Fidlar, stylized as FIDLAR, is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles.[1]

History[edit]

Founding members Zac 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.[2] Three years after recording their first songs, they stepped on stage together with The Black Lips and went on tour with The Hives.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] Originally, Fidlar went under the name 'Fuck The Clock',[7] as referenced in their song 'Cheap Beer'.

The band is currently signed to Mom + Pop Music in the US,[8] Wichita Recordings in the UK[9] and Dine Alone Records in Canada.[10]

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..[11] 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".[12] 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 Schwartzel 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,[13] SWMRS,[14] The Frights,[15][16] Sweet Thing,[17] The Goldberg Sisters,[18] Dirty Sweet,[19] and Tokyo Police Club.[20] Schwartzel also periodically performs DJ sets at Monty's Bar under the pseudonym of "DJ Basil".[21] Schwartzel & Max Kuehn are in a band with members of Together Pangea called Los Bolos.[22] Max Kuehn has released solo compositions online,[23] as well as being a member of The Squirmers[24][25] The Diffs[26] and the Head Hunters[27] with his brother Elvis, The Small Wigs,[28] and Kitten, with Carper[29] prior to, and during their full time in Fidlar.

Personnel[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Fidlar
Too
  • Released: September 4, 2015[36]
  • Labels: Mom + Pop, Burger (US); Wichita (UK); Hostess (Japan)[37]
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette, digital download
Almost Free

Extended plays[edit]

Title Extended play details
DIYDUI
  • Released: April 12, 2011[40]
  • Label: White Iris[41]
  • Formats: 7-inch, digital download
Don't Try...
  • Released: April 10, 2012[42]
  • Labels: Mom + Pop (US); Wichita (UK)
  • Formats: 7-inch, 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)[38]
  • "By Myself" (2019)[46]
  • "Flake" (2019)[47]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
February 2012 Wait for the Man[48] Ryan Baxley
Max Can't Surf[49]
Oh[50]
June 2012 No Waves[51]
October 2012 Cheap Beer[52]
November 2012 Gimme Something[53]
February 2013 Max Can't Surf (Fidlar Version)[54]
July 2013 Cocaine[55]
May 2015 40oz On Repeat[56]
July 2015 West Coast[57]
August 2015 Drone[58]
Leave Me Alone[59]
January 2016 Why Generation[60]
April 2016 Punks[61]
August 2018 Are You High?[62] FIDLAR
September 2018 Too Real[63] Jonathan Atchley[64]
January 2019 By Myself[65] Brandon Schwartzel
Can't You See Jonah Ray[66]
June 2019 Flake FIDLAR[67]

Appearance in media[edit]

The band also played on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2015, where they performed "West Coast" and "Why Generation" from their second album Too.[68] The band was also featured on Conan, in 2016, where they performed "West Coast”"[69]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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