FIDLAR (LP)


FIDLAR

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Amoeba Review

01/18/2013

FIDLAR's long-awaited debut album is a Pabst-soaked party record with strong songwriting anchoring its punk attitude. Pulling from hardcore, surf rock and pop-punk, and with the immediacy of The Clash's first record, the foursome, made up of singer/guitarist Zac Carper, Brandon Schwartzel (bass), and brothers Elvis Kuehn (guitar) and Max Kuehn (drums), sing about being young and dumb and getting fucked up in songs with names like “Cheap Beer” (the chorus of which consists of the shouted lyrics “I DRINK CHEAP BEER SO WHAT FUCK YOU!”). But all the funny lyrics in the world wouldn't mean a thing if the songs themselves didn't captivate you, and they do, across FIDLAR’s 14 tracks. There's nary a hint of cynical sneer, and though they play with sloppy punk abandon, their hooks are tight as a six-pack ring. FIDLAR sing about who they are and what they do, whether that's waking, baking, skating in mechanical hedonism on the ferocious “Wake Bake Skate” or reflecting that said young hedonism can “kind of suck,” on the exhausted-sounding closing track. That’s a telling moment — for all of FIDLAR’s gleeful celebration, the record’s honed hooks are the sound of very hard work, and it pays off in spades.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Cheap Beer
FIDLAR 02:21
2.
Stoked And Broke
FIDLAR 01:31
3.
White On White
FIDLAR 02:54
4.
No Waves
FIDLAR 02:19
5.
Whore
FIDLAR 04:05
6.
Max Can't Surf
FIDLAR 02:26
7.
Black Out Stout
FIDLAR 03:02


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Wake Bake Skate
FIDLAR 01:42
2.
Gimmie Something
FIDLAR 02:12
3.
5 To 9
FIDLAR 01:25
4.
LDA
FIDLAR 02:26
5.
Paycheck
FIDLAR 02:56
6.
Wait For The Man
FIDLAR 01:49
7.
Cocaine
FIDLAR 03:16

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