Forget It Dog, Life’s A Risk.
The California band consists of (from left to right): Max Kuehn (drums), Brandon Schwartzel (back vocals and bass), Elvis Kuehn (vocals and guitar), and Zac Carper (lead vocals and guitar).
I first heard of this band a couple months ago when I got into SWMRS. I found out SWMRS was opening for Fidlar in Chicago. I rushed to buy tickets only a week before the concert and to my disappointment they were sold out. I was only interested in the concert because of SWMRS, what the…. Is Fidlar? I thought. But soon, thanks to YouTube’s suggestions, I watched the music video for “Leave Me Alone” by Fidlar.
I had never seen lyrics written out on toilet paper so nicely and appealing before that described me oh so perfectly, so I thought I NEED to hear more of this band’s music. Who’s Fidlar and why are they describing me so perfectly? YouTube went on to suggest songs like “I Just Wanna Die”, “40oz On Repeat” which is an awesome song but even cooler music video. The video’s basically a parody of other artists’ music videos. Including Eminem, Britney Spears, Green Day, the Beastie Boys. I’ll let you see what I’m talking about though…
I’d like to mention that I was letting myself fall in love with this band while I was supposed to be studying for midterms, mainly because I wanted anything to distract me from how much homework and studying I had. But I’m not even mad that I spent my time media stalking this band, I don’t regret it because forget it dog, life’s a risk. Little Fidlar joke there.
Fidlar sounds like what my body feels like on coffee and redbull, that’s the best way I can describe it. After listening to their albums on repeat for a good three times, that feeling kicked in and I finished my homework (and passed my midterms – yay).
Also, if you’ve been following this band longer than I have, which is only a couple months, and you’re reading this like, “dude I’ve known this band was awesome for a while” WELL LUCKY YOU. I tend to discover awesome bands super late.
ANYWAYS, I just wanted to share my small obsession with this band because I feel like they deserve some recognition.
Their first album, Fidlar (2013) was produced by the lead singer, Zac Carper.
The album is nothing but loud, catchy three chord and three minute songs like “Wait For The Man” there’s also a 90’s punk feel to this band. SWMRS has the same feel to me but yet both bands have their own sound and manage to sound like music from this century (but better).
Lead singer Zac mainly sings about doing nothing but getting high, drinking beer, being broke and hanging out with his friends, you’d think every song would sound the same and you’d get tired real fast but holy sh… each song is better than the last.
Here’s the video to one of my favorite songs on the album, “Max can’t surf” which features drummer, Max Kuehn, acting as his band mates right down to the outfits and tattoos.
Some of my favorite songs on the album: No Waves, Max Can’t Surf, Wake Bake Skate, and Wait For The Man.
Their second album titled, Too, was released in 2015.
The second album was a bit more mature, with songs focusing more on dealing with staying sober and Zach’s struggle with addiction to drugs. Also featuring more songs written and sung by guitarist, Elvis. There are more serious, soft songs like “Overdose”, “Bad Habits,” and “Stupid Decisions”.
Favorite songs on the album: West Coast, Bad Habits, Sober, and Stupid Decisions.
Apart from these two amazing albums, you can find Fidlar songs that never made it on an album including “No Money No Honey,” which is sadder than it sounds.
Lead singer Zac also went on to produce SWMRS’ debut album, Drive North (2016) and The Frights’ second album, You Are Going To Hate This (2016).
Here I am months later from when I saw that toilet paper music video, still upset that I missed what was probably the coolest concert ever last year – FIDLAR AND SWMRS AND THE FRIGHTS?!
I’m also completely disappointed in myself for being at lollapalooza last summer waiting around for J.Cole when I COULD HAVE BEEN WATCHING FIDLAR. DAMMIITTTTT.