FIDLAR Brings The LA Heat To The District

By Ana Medvedeva / September 24, 2018
Wide shot of FIDLAR performing at the 9:30 Club

As the clock struck 10PM and the lights dimmed last Tuesday, September 18th,  the fans lining the edges of the 9:30 Club swiftly made their way to the middle of the floor. Surrounded by old school TV monitors, FIDLAR took to the stage to the backdrop of their logo stylized to resemble the graininess of the VHS era.

Hailing from what some would call "the land of broken dreams", Los Angeles, California, FIDLAR consists of Zac Carper (rhythm guitar, vocals), Brandon Schwartzel (bass, backing vocals), Elvis Kuehn (lead guitar, vocals), and Max Kuehn (drums).

Kicking off the night with one of the many love letters to substances that used to rule Carper’s life, the audience jumped and moshed to “Alcohol”.  

"And I don't have a job
And I don't have a phone
Don't have a life
And I'm always stoned

Wake! Bake! Skate!

I'm so strung out I can't even see
Shit, it's so hard I can't even breathe"

- "Wake! Bake! Skate!"  from FIDLAR's self-titled debut album

Many of FIDLAR's songs focus in on the power that drugs and alcohol can have on an individuals life. From song titles such as "Cocaine" and "Wake Bake Skate" to an entire song dedicated to the itch to use heroin, the band gives their young audience a picture of the unorganized brain a drug addict lives with.

FIDLAR lead singer
FIDLAR lead singer

But the messiness of drugs and struggle with sobriety aren't the only themes that these four focus in on. Stopping for a quick chat mid-show, Carper commends the audience for their energy and respect for each other.

Next on the agenda: focusing in on the prevalence of sexual misconduct and abuse at concerts. Aiming to provide a safe space at the show, he further calls for a girls only mosh pit as the band launches into another song from their debut album, "5 to 9".

While FIDLAR is not to be mistaken for a garage band that only wants to mosh, they're also not to be mistaken for a punk band that constantly spews their political rhetoric at their fans.

After giving the male dominated audience a reminder to be diligent in preventing sexual assault at shows, the band smoothly transitioned into their "Are You High?", their newest release. 

Pushing his lengthy dark brown locks behind his ears, Carper, motioned at the sweaty 9:30 Club crowd,

“Alright, everyone....this side, move to the left. And you guys, go to the right. Now everyone sit down. When this song picks up, you know what to do.”

FIDLAR bassist
FIDLAR bassist

With the music rapidly picking up, the exciement filling the room was palpable. Faces illuminated by the flashlights on their phones, the crouching audience readied themselves for the "Wall of Death" that was about to ensue.

Simultaneously jumping up and running at each other, the crowd moshed to their hearts content, a sweaty musk filling the venue. With smiles plastered across their flushed faces, the crowd filed outside, expended of all their youthful energy. 

FIDLAR is currently on tour in North America until November. To learn more about the band, visit their website




Click here to see the setlist for FIDLAR's performance at the 9:30 Club on September, 18, 2018

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Ana Medvedeva

Fueled by iced coffee, Ana is a web developer by day, and avid concert goer by night. With a music taste as varied as her hair color, she loves bringing a performance to life through the power of words. In her spare time, Ana loves to snowboard, hang out with her cat Mimosa, and nerd out about true crime.