November 7, 2012


Los Angeles will never stop being punk, as its love affair lineage with the genre goes back decades at this point. If you want living proof, just take a listen to rising FYF scene staples, FIDLAR. The hard partyin' surf punk crew features the founding brotherly duo of Elvis and Max Kuehn (on guitar and drums, respectively) whom just so happen to be the sons of one Greg Kuehn, keyboardist of shape-shifting Long Beach punk vets T.S.O.L. Alongside vocalist Zac Carper and bassist Brandon Schwartzel (who previously played in Rooney,) the quartet's sound is a direct reflection of the late '70s / early '80s stoned and rebellious skater culture, with their name an acronymical nod to a popular motto within the lifestyle, "Fuck it, dog, life's a risk." Song titles like "Cheap Beer" and "Blackout Stout" giive you a pretty clear indication of where their priorities lie as they trail through broken down three-chord progressions astute to the style Keith Morris and OFF! reclaimed over the past few years. In those same songs however, FIDLAR hit a melodic nerve by injecting modern pop punk sensibilities credited to the Descendents, latter day Bad Religion or even younger Cali contemporaries such as Ty Segall and Wavves. The band is about to get in the van and tour with fellow reverb-friendly sibling garage rock duo JEFF the Brotherhood, and are while the official release of their self-titled debut album on Mom + Pop doesn't doesn't come around until January of next year, their DIY values have them already selling it at shows and as a limited cassette run on Burger Records. If these kids pull off the win -- which it currently looks like they will -- let this be a lesson to bands everywhere that a lot of slacking off coupled with long nights partying and a healthy upbringing of punk rock history make for the perfect punk offspring.

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