are FIDLAR the best new rock band?

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i like them and i hate everything!

scott seward, Saturday, 6 July 2013 19:13 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYbJmQj5VkE

scott seward, Saturday, 6 July 2013 19:15 (six years ago) link

i support these young men and their musical endeavours

probably

molly ratchet (crüt), Saturday, 6 July 2013 19:19 (six years ago) link

They're pretty awesome.

Love that the premise of the "Cheap Beer" video is some biker driving around and beating up hipsters for drinking pretentious alcohol.

The Butthurt Locker (cryptosicko), Saturday, 6 July 2013 20:22 (six years ago) link

The sound a lot like Turbonegro.

I'll take the jangle-jangle over the throb-throb (brg30), Saturday, 6 July 2013 20:42 (six years ago) link

Hopefully whatever label gets 'em doesn't turn 'em to shit.

I'll take the jangle-jangle over the throb-throb (brg30), Saturday, 6 July 2013 20:50 (six years ago) link

i never really listened to turbonegro. my friend chuck liked them i think.

scott seward, Saturday, 6 July 2013 20:53 (six years ago) link

honestly i think the only people i ever knew that liked turbonegro were rock critics. not that that's a bad thing.

scott seward, Saturday, 6 July 2013 20:53 (six years ago) link

I'm not a rock critic

Algerian Goalkeeper, Saturday, 6 July 2013 21:42 (six years ago) link

Very fun. They get it.

Hinklepicker, Saturday, 6 July 2013 22:59 (six years ago) link

BIG UPS

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Tuesday, 9 July 2013 00:07 (six years ago) link

woah, these guys are great! and check out their tour dates - they're going full-on, and playing a shitty dive bar NEAR MY HOUSE in October. Thanks, Scott!

brio, Tuesday, 9 July 2013 00:14 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6icW-KFudQ

scott seward, Tuesday, 9 July 2013 03:15 (six years ago) link

this one has the rock moves. you could see some label person hearing this and wanting to make a new...something out of these guys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUp4aPI6m_U

scott seward, Tuesday, 9 July 2013 03:19 (six years ago) link

Oh good. Mustache and leather rockers that advertise their love of whiskey and play power chords.

This has never been done before. Ever. And it never has sucked at all. Ever.

The word "stupid" comes to mind.

Austin, Tuesday, 9 July 2013 03:22 (six years ago) link

in general, my new favorite rock bands tend to sound like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3Oy1bML5jM

scott seward, Tuesday, 9 July 2013 03:40 (six years ago) link

love how universally applicable this is:

Oh good. Haircut and eyeliner models that advertise their love of clubbing and play presets.

This has never been done before. Ever. And it never has sucked at all. Ever.

The word "stupid" comes to mind.

who said criticism was hard?

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Tuesday, 9 July 2013 04:28 (six years ago) link

these guys seem fine but there's something a little bit by-the-numbers about them

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 9 July 2013 16:19 (six years ago) link

Like these obnoxious kids a lot right now but I'm fairly sure I'm going to find them annoying in a couple of years or so.

Roz, Tuesday, 9 July 2013 18:10 (six years ago) link

fidlar live at radio 1:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/embc6q/acts/anf38g#p01bd0l0

White on white
Wait for the man
No waves
Awkward
Black out stout
Max Can't Surf
Got No Money
LDA
Punks

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 9 July 2013 18:13 (six years ago) link

Mustache and leather rockers that advertise their love of whiskey and play power chords.

they advertise their love of CHEAP BEER, get it straight!

brio, Tuesday, 9 July 2013 19:01 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US_dyNEOmm8

brio, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 18:57 (six years ago) link

Fuck it Dog Life's A Risk

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 10 July 2013 19:11 (six years ago) link

remember fidlar guys?

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 10 July 2013 19:11 (six years ago) link

so anyway, yeah, dig this. "cheap beer" fucking nails that late 90s-into-early-00s muscle car sound: zeke, riverboat gamblers, turbonegro, tight bros, etc. dumbass, party-trashing RAWK rock that woulda shown up on gearhead or maybe man's ruin, sub pop having lost interest. at the same time, it's a relief that they don't sound like that overall. rest is straight in line with contemporary garage pop, burger rex et al.

otoh, i'm not even remotely down w the "whore" lyrics. killer sound, but...

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Friday, 12 July 2013 15:35 (six years ago) link

yeah i really like the music to whore. its a shame kinda. would be down if they called it "Bore".

scott seward, Friday, 12 July 2013 15:49 (six years ago) link

kinda feel like nobody ever has to use the word whore again. in a song or wherever.

scott seward, Friday, 12 July 2013 15:51 (six years ago) link

yeah, or slore, like in ghostbusters

and yeah, i have a special aversion to the word, esp when dudes use it

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Friday, 12 July 2013 15:51 (six years ago) link

love that hey colossus track. had no idea even what they sounded like. also 90s-ish, but like earlier on. "harsh", we used to say. also been meaning to check that electro/goth/industrial thing you mentioned in some other thread, the one with the awesome cover pic of dude with axe or sward or whatever.

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Friday, 12 July 2013 15:54 (six years ago) link

http://holodeckrecords.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/hd003lp_2ndpressing_0.png?w=580

^ this one! troller

and wow, it's way prettier than i imagined. figuring it'd be like cold cave or summat.

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Friday, 12 July 2013 15:57 (six years ago) link

hey colossus are great. they have a large and varied catalog too. they change over time.

scott seward, Friday, 12 July 2013 15:59 (six years ago) link

love troller. such a cool record.

scott seward, Friday, 12 July 2013 16:00 (six years ago) link

hey c recommendations? cuz yeah, it looks like they've been pretty prolific.

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Friday, 12 July 2013 16:02 (six years ago) link

thinking about ordering that troller rec this afternoon. liking every track so far. #4 is gorgeous.

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Friday, 12 July 2013 16:04 (six years ago) link

One of the best albums of this year definitely. Black Flag meets The Libertines with a bit of Sublime (attitude-wise, that whole LA hedonistic lifestyle of weed, beer and surfing) thrown in.

It's been a good few years for American guitar rock, with this lot and then The Gaslight Anthem and The Black Keys making their breakthroughs, and QOTSA making a comeback with maybe their best album yet. Shame Britain isn't on the same level, Palma Violets and Pure Love are good but it says it all when our leading bands are The Vaccines, The Courteeners, Jake Bugg and Mumford & Sons.

Slash N Burn, Friday, 12 July 2013 16:10 (six years ago) link

oh and someone said turbonegro and fidlar's whore song actually reminded me of some wildhearts song. wildhearts a band i haven't heard in a million years.

scott seward, Friday, 12 July 2013 16:40 (six years ago) link

It's been a good few years for American guitar rock

Hmmm. I feel like I could be unpacking 2013 goodies for years to come. It seems like it's been a good year for lots of music. (I'm not sure I like rock enough to know a good year for rock when I see one, however.) But I feel like this is going to be one of those years when lots of people agree it's been good, but when they name the music that made it good, there's going to be this huge spread.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 12 July 2013 16:45 (six years ago) link

btw the way these guys are def the best new rock band

|citation needed| (will), Sunday, 21 July 2013 17:17 (six years ago) link

Saw them several times over the past twelve months (when they were opening up for the Hives all over California) and I do not like these guys. contenderizer OTM about Gearhead/Man's Ruin throughlines.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 21 July 2013 18:21 (six years ago) link

the hives are still around! who knew? they were fun.

scott seward, Sunday, 21 July 2013 19:27 (six years ago) link

fidlar = pubes hives

IIIrd Datekeeper (contenderizer), Sunday, 21 July 2013 21:58 (six years ago) link

love the video, love the song, best new rock band w a bullet

lol, in a year they'll be the black lips

IIIrd Datekeeper (contenderizer), Sunday, 21 July 2013 21:59 (six years ago) link

they remind me a tiny bit of oddfuture wolfgang whatever whatever - of course tons of differences but: young LA skater kids who play up being ridiculous party animal drug goons but are pretty obviously savvy and ambitious & tapped into how to self-promote via effortless-seeming jokey internet/homemade media

why do you hate them, Elvis? I can see them being grating live

brio, Monday, 22 July 2013 18:38 (six years ago) link

ok i guess that was obvious then... now that i've actually googled them i see everyone is making that comparison.

brio, Monday, 22 July 2013 18:48 (six years ago) link

I feel like being this exact kind of rock band has just become like a famous dramatic role in our culture, like doing Willy Loman on Broadway. Every few years some new faces will inhabit the role, but it won't really be new or exciting or have anything significant that it didn't have last time.

undescended listicle (Hurting 2), Monday, 22 July 2013 18:50 (six years ago) link

dude, its just rock & roll. there should be a thousand bands this good. and they should all go away after one single/one album and then another thousand should take their place. doesn't really happen like that anymore though. and unrealistic expectations get heaped on the 9 or 10 rockin' young bands worth listening to.

scott seward, Monday, 22 July 2013 19:01 (six years ago) link

look at the hives! they were some sorta garage rock great white hope. when really they were just a cool rockin' little band from a little country with lots of cool rockin' bands. and then nobody ever talked about them ever again. until this thread! people are always looking for the ONE band they can crown king. i have no illusions like that. i'm just happy if i can hear one new band with a little pep. some vim. a sense of humor. i'll let the pitchfork people sort out what it all means.

scott seward, Monday, 22 July 2013 19:07 (six years ago) link

I hear what you're saying, Scott - but The Hives wanted to be huge. "We're the best band in the world" was kind of their whole schtick - though they had a sense of humour about it. I think they even had a record produced by Timbaland or something? Most people probably missed it - but they did shoot for becoming a big deal. the push for a band to be king doofus isn't all external to the bands, and it's not like many bands want to just go away after one single or album. I think Fidlar probably have high hopes too.

But I definitely know what you mean - as a listener, all that stuff is pretty irrelevent, and every band with a little spark doesn't need to be the saviours of rock n roll. that thinking can definitely suck a lot of fun out of the whole thing

brio, Monday, 22 July 2013 19:24 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Fun band.

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Wednesday, 4 September 2013 09:06 (six years ago) link

Let me try that again.

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Turkey, Thursday, 5 September 2013 08:14 (six years ago) link

Bah.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2srovkhf0w

Turkey, Thursday, 5 September 2013 08:16 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

They were great in Minneapolis. Good punk songs, and with a crowd that seemed to be discovering slam-dancing for the first time all over again--really proto-slamming: pogo-ing plus the occasional crowd surfer.

Pete Scholtes, Monday, 18 November 2013 04:04 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

New track--well, really a new old track--from the upcoming album + interview:

http://exclaim.ca/Music/article/fidlar-west_coast

The New Gay Sadness (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 14 July 2015 19:40 (four years ago) link

four weeks pass...

And another new track...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O_czrcaFA0

The New Gay Sadness (cryptosicko), Thursday, 13 August 2015 23:34 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

New album is terrific. "40oz. on Repeat" and "Sober," in particular, stand out on first listen.

The New Gay Sadness (cryptosicko), Saturday, 29 August 2015 16:19 (four years ago) link

eight months pass...

lol, 8 months ago. understand why they'd get exactly 0 ilm traction tho.

spurred by scott's scott offerman thread, i just listened to their second album, too, which apparently came out last fall. it's good, really fucking dopey, but cheerful & catchy enough to excuse most sins of taste. and a hell of a lot more varied than i expected, with tons of clever, energetic songs polished to an appealing roughness. i would have loved it in my teens the way i loved the ramones, violent femmes, dead milkmen, the beastie boys and oingo boingo.

i've been wondering lately where to find this sort of rock today: nerdy as all holy hell but poppy enough for mainstream success, cartoon vibrant, iconoclastic, secretly ambitious and stupid smart. better than 21 pilots anyway.

like $500 billion in stuffed fart sales and I have an idea (contenderizer), Saturday, 28 May 2016 19:42 (three years ago) link

There's a new Bad Sports album coming out soon, and that's one place I might look. I haven't heard it, so just crossing my fingers.

dlp9001, Saturday, 28 May 2016 19:45 (three years ago) link

On second listen, this is basically the exact same riff from Cheap Beer. I'm big on Bad Sports as they seem to have potential to transcend the genre, but we all know what happened to the Replacements when they tried to do that. New Bad Sports album is out any day now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t27sBvLb3QY

dlp9001, Saturday, 28 May 2016 19:59 (three years ago) link

I was very cynical and harsh at the beginning of this topic. Very rude and unnecessary of me. Apologies, Scott.

Austin, Saturday, 28 May 2016 20:09 (three years ago) link

dig the bad sports & am psyched for new, but one of the things i like about the fidlar album is that it mostly sounds nothing like "garage rock" and was clearly made by actual children. kids deeply in love with their own childishness. there's no reverence for power pop, for vintage vibes, for much of anything, really. they give so few fucks that their fucklessness becomes a kind of super power. from song to song, i'm reminded of green day, weezer, eric's trip, beastie boys, sublime, ramones, squeeze, the exploding hearts, wavves, the beatles and everything in between. it's kind of breathtaking. and like old eminem, i can imagine it appealing to ill-behaved tweens everywhere.

like $500 billion in stuffed fart sales and I have an idea (contenderizer), Saturday, 28 May 2016 20:12 (three years ago) link

at their most pop-punk formal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztlZq_qqu-4

like $500 billion in stuffed fart sales and I have an idea (contenderizer), Saturday, 28 May 2016 20:18 (three years ago) link

wolf alice probably don't fit that description, but i love their songs. they are vibrant and ambitious and smart anyway. there is an underdog element to their songs too which kinda fits the nerd thing but has more to do with youth angst and sexual identity. but they aren't really rough at all.

scott seward, Saturday, 28 May 2016 20:27 (three years ago) link

and they aren't pop punk. more grunge pop.

scott seward, Saturday, 28 May 2016 20:27 (three years ago) link

but they are young and have pep and their videos are funny! and they sound nothing like the new radiohead album.

scott seward, Saturday, 28 May 2016 20:31 (three years ago) link


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