Review: FIDLAR – 40oz. On Repeat

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Accessible shouting from a group of drugged up madmen.

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FIDLAR, the hell-raising quartet that hail from the streets of Los Angeles, are back with a new single and an album (named TOO) in the pipeline. The four piece, that comprises of Max Kuehn, Zach Carper, Elvis Kuehn, and Brandon Schwartzel, are best known for their skate punk inspired tracks that condone a wide range of illegal activities. Their self-titled debut studio album consisted of songs such as ‘Cheap Beer’, ‘Cocaine’, and the ever popular ‘Wake Bake Skate’. They are a band that exist in a perpetual state of adolescent midnight misbehaviour, their live shows are spectacular and audience participation is second to none. FIDLAR = ‘Fuck It Dog, Life’s A Risk’.

Their latest single ’40oz. On Repeat’ demonstrates a more musically refined direction for the boys. With an ever changing sound, the track still remains fluid and a completely enjoyable musical experience. We are introduced to the track with the ever typical backfeed and sloppy refinement of chords. The lyrics bring a wave of angst and antisocial tendencies, and the screams of Max Kuehn perfectly compliments the face melting guitar. The most interesting thing about this track is the quiet moments. FIDLAR aren’t known for their silence, and the occasional cut out of the backing guitar and bass provides an almost constantly building and cutting of crescendo. Although the single feels a tad more grown up than their previous work, it still possesses that unidentifiably FIDLAR characteristic that will have you grinning from ear to ear.

In true FIDLAR style, the music video is beautifully homemade and utterly genius. All I can hope for is that the band never sell out, or grow up.

’40oz. On Repeat’ is available now via Wichita Recordings Ltd. TOO is available for preorder now, and will be released 4th September.

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