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FIDLAR

FIDLAR: FIDLARFIDLAR (2013)
Mom and Pop

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FIDLAR like to party. FIDLAR like to do drugs, drink too much, drive under the influence, skateboard, jerk-off, pass out and do it again. FIDLAR are not a band with a lot of nuance, but that single-minded focus on doing dumb ass shit is also their strongest weapon. The Los Angeles four-piece traf.
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FIDLAR like to party. FIDLAR like to do drugs, drink too much, drive under the influence, skateboard, jerk-off, pass out and do it again. FIDLAR are not a band with a lot of nuance, but that single-minded focus on doing dumb ass shit is also their strongest weapon.

The Los Angeles four-piece traffic almost exclusively in surf-punk and garage-rock, making quick anthems about the joys of doing self-inflicted bodily harm without feeling bad about it. At their best, FIDLAR songs play like soundtrack entries for a true-to-life but poorly-made documentary about being a teenage punk on the West Coast. "No Waves" and "5 to 9," the album's two best songs, feature surf riffs placed over urgent but comfortable '80s style party-punk.

The record has two modes throughout; it shifts between more relaxed, straightforward surf-punk and reverb-heavy garage rock. The former tends to win out more than the latter: Opening track "Cheap Beer" would be a reckless shit-stomper if not for the piles of echo that mire the track, while more Americana-touched and straightforward songs like "Gimmie Something" and "Wake Bake Skate" sound better for their restraint.

I'm not kidding about all these songs being about the same thing. Besides one song about a drummer who can't surf and another song about a girl who is a whore, every track is about doing drugs, being young and doing dumb. How much this kind of thing appeals to you will determine how many listens one gives FIDLAR. The worst songs make you wish they had more to say. Their best ones make you glad that they don't.

 

 
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rabbit (March 6, 2014)

had this preordered, was so disappointed. awful production. squeek-e-kleen. it's right that no waves sounds different to every other track on here --- and that's a plus.

their cover of cocaine fucking sucks, too.

localbusinessforever (December 21, 2013)

aoty

Torgo (February 19, 2013)

Also how did they not re-record No Waves? Sonically it sounds COMPLETELY different than the rest of the album, I feel like it's super noticeable.

Torgo (February 19, 2013)

good album, but i'm surprised every review doesn't reference how it sounds exactly like Wavves

thepopeofchili-town (February 19, 2013)

Fun background music, but it really is just Wavves without the hooks.

thisrespirator (February 19, 2013)

This record fucking rips. I can't wait to blast it all summer.

mrpistachio (February 19, 2013)

Where the fuck can I try this shit out or buy it? Mom and Pop website doesn't have a store and their Bandcamp isn't up to date...

scarysmurf (February 19, 2013)

This album is a lot of fun. They are kinda like Wavves. Well, exactly like Wavves and that is just fine for me.

quickattack (February 19, 2013)

Watch an interview of these guys or something. They're so obnoxious

scorpiondeathlock (February 19, 2013)

I love this album.

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