FIDLAR - Too (2015)
After finding ‘Afraid of Heights’ by Wavves in 2013, I pretty much found FIDLAR (Fuck It Dog, Life’s A Risk) within the same 24 hours. I immediately added a song or two from their debut album into a couple of Spotify playlists, but it wasn’t until I started my year at the University of Leeds when their second album, titled ‘Too’, came out within my first week. This is the album that made me a fully-fledged FIDLAR fan. Opening song ’40oz. On Repeat’ instantly thwacks you straight in your already weak TMJ-affected jaw with an in-sync assault of crashing drums and sonic-fuzz guitar chords, before lead vocalist Zac Carper screams the words ‘I don’t know why it’s so difficult to talk to somebody I don’t know’ and the tone is set for a further eleven songs.
Riddled with lyrics of self-deprecation, reflections of sobriety and regretful decisions, the quartet, completed by bassist Brandon Schwartzel and brothers Elvis and Max Kuehn, create a truly powerful sound with the sensibility of surf and punk rock, yet it has an innovative quality to the production which sets FIDLAR apart from a lot of bands that are writing equally great songs in that style, but are just missing that little bit of something extra. I really enjoy the clarity and precise beats of ‘Sober’. Looking forward to their next release, they’re just pure energy. I must see them!
Recorded at the untaggable St. Charles Studio by Jay Joyce.
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