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In the midst of an underground skate punk resurgence, with bands like Cerebral Ballzy and Trash Talk garnering internet attention, FIDLAR was formed in Los Angeles. Influenced by So-Cal punk rockers like Offspring and blink-182, as well as older bands from the area -- which they learned about from their dads record collection; he was the guitarist of T.S.O.L. -- Max Kuehn and his brother Elvis were playing punk shows by their teens. By the time they were out of high school, Zac Carper and Brandon Schwartzel joined up. Later the group went the D.I.Y. route and started a home-spun label to record material, while embracing the reaches of the internet and making several videos to promote their music, and as motivation to film their drunken antics. Mom & Pop signed the group in 2012 for their debut album, FIDLAR, which was released in early 2013.
Wikipedia:For the album of the same name, see FIDLAR (album).
FIDLAR is a skate punk/garage punk band from Los Angeles California, currently signed to Mom + Pop Music in the US, Wichita Recordings in the UK and Dine Alone Records in Canada.
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. Originally, FIDLAR went under the name 'Fuck The Clock', as referenced in their song 'Cheap Beer'. Three years after recording their first songs they stepped on stage together with The Black Lips and went on tour with The Hives.
In 2012, FIDLAR were named one of Stereogum's '40 Best New Bands of 2012'.FIDLAR Free Up New Song, Join Our Loving Mom+Pop Family, Mom + Pop Music Meet FIDLAR Band to watch: FIDLAR, Rolling Stone Band Portrait: The Party Punks
Elvis Kuehn (guitar/vocals) and Max Kuehn (drums) are the sons of Greg Kuehn, keyboardist for Long Beach punk legends T.S.O.L., 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." The bassist Brandon Schwartzel, is the half cousin of Elvis and Max, 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.Zac Carper – guitar, vocalsBrandon Schwartzel – bassElvis Kuehn – guitar, vocalsMax Kuehn – drums T.S.O.L.'s Greg Kuehn Talks About His Punk Rock Progeny FIDLAR, OC Weekly Interview With Los Angeles Garage Punk Band FIDLAR, Red Bull
Appearance in media
"No Waves" appears in the Saints Row IV soundtrack. "Cocaine" appears in the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack. "Cheap Beer" is played in the movie Neighbors.
Awards and accolades
In the 2013 O Music Awards, FIDLAR were nominated within the 'Best Web-Born Artist' category
In the 2013 AIM Independent Music Awards, hosted by Association of Independent Music (AIM), FIDLAR were nominated within the 'Best Live Act' categoryBest Web-Born Artist | O Music Awards AIM Best Live Act 2013