FIDLAR start off their album Too with a main-chord-fuzzed-out-with-the-right-amount-of-overdrive tune and some snot-nosed hopelessness that seems to be what they are sticking with.
This follow up to their self-titled debut, FIDLAR is able to walk the line between being accessible and an L.A. punk’s comeback to an Eagle’s band shirt that you’re wearing ironically.
FIDLAR (which is an acronym for Fuck It, Dog, Life’s A Risk) understand what they are doing. The first track off the album, “40 oz. on Repeat,” which is also the single and music video that preluded the album, seems as if the punks are looking back on the bad years. Years that they have traded for a shot at more fans and larger gigs. Which is no surprise, being that frontman Zac Carper has kicked all of those habits that made the debut so compelling, from heroin to alcohol. In a way it can be a dangerous move. Especially when the name of your band is Fuck It, Dog, Life’s a Risk.
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The album has tainted gems, the bluesy track “Punks” has an undeniable energy, and if you dig the Black Keys but wished Dan Auerbach would scream at you, this track is what you’ve always wanted. This is what makes this album cleaner, it seems as if it hopes to take sounds that are loud and acceptable on the radio while still pushing the envelope ever so slightly. The track has a self-prophetical ending reprise which seems to define the band’s intentions. “Relationships are fucking wack/ they make me want to smoke crack/ And girlfriend or boyfriend can suck my dick/ Masturbate, let’s make it quick.”
The influences for this album define it, “West Coast” seems to pump Wavves’s King of the Beach. The track is great, and I wish there were more on the album like it. Yet it seems as if FIDLAR is unable or unwilling to commit to a sound. Following it with a springboard medley (“Why Generation”) that carries the corniness of the name into the track itself. Bad British New Wave, suburban garage trash passed as psychedelic hopeful.
“Sober” contains one side of the worst argument I have ever heard. This song almost ruined this album for me. I really wish Carper would have kept doing drugs and never noticed that other people had more money than him.
“Overdose” is another tainted gem, a boozy walk-down whispered over with a glitch lead, yet undeniably echoes Black Lips. The theme is well developed and the climactic explosion of the act reminds why we began listening to this album. The album has its moments and some great songs like “Punks, West Coast Overdose.”
Overall, tracks off Too will probably be on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, but I probably won’t buy either.
Upcoming Live Dates
09/22 – Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, QC
09/24 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
09/26 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
09/27 – Boston Calling Festival – Boston, MA
09/28 – The Black Cat – Washington, DC
09/29 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
10/02 – The Masquerade – Hell Stage – Atlanta, GA
10/03 – High Dive – Gainesville, FL
10/05 – Club Downunder – Tallahassee, FL
10/06 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
10/10 – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX
10/13 – 89th Street Collective – Oklahoma City, OK
10/15 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
10/16 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
10/17 – The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
10/19 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/22 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
10/23 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA
10/25 – Beach Goth Festival – Orange County, CA
10/28 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
10/30 – The Regent Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
10/31 – The Regent Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
11/10 – O2 Academy Bristol – Bristol, United Kingdom
11/11 – The Ritz – Manchester, United Kingdom
11/12 – Garage – Glasgow, United Kingdom
11/14 – The Forum – London, United Kingdom
11/15 – The Institute – Birmingham, United Kingdom
11/17 – Posthof – Berlin, Germany
11/19 – Trianon – Paris, France
11/21 – Sonic City Festival – Kortrijk, Begium
11/22 – AB Club @ Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
11/23 – TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht, Netherlands