I had found out about Fidlar almost by accident. A friend of mine had suggested that I check out the skate-punk band from Los Angeles, California when they came into my neck of the woods. I’m always intrigued at the possibility of new music, so I took him up on it. The crazy thing was, everything prior to Fidlar’s set at the Music Hall of Williamsburg was calm. Young kids dressed in their hipster best – you would not be able to figure out that in about 15 minutes time that the scene would get crazy and chaotic, lulled into a false sense of security, perhaps. Surely, this is isn’t how fans act for a show that’s been sold out for months, right?
When Fidlar hit the stage, they didn’t ignite the energy right away as they calmly broke into the first song, “Stoked and Broke”, but as the opening chords rang through lead singer/guitarist Zac Carper’s guitar, the crowd became frantic like sharks in an ocean of bait. Crowd surfing, moshing and the occasional fall on the stage from a fan would classify this as a full punk outing. It was fitting that the show was in New York because I reminisced that this would be something out of the now defunct CBGB concert hall.
The band mostly played songs from their acclaimed self-titled album that was released in 2013. Songs like “No Waves” and “Cocaine”, (which you’ve probably have heard playing games like Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row) personifies the care-free, but volatile nature of the band. That energy definitely permeated throughout the venue. Now we know that the band will be releasing their sophomore album, Too, sometime in 2015. When their newest song, “40oz on Repeat” was played, they declared that “here’s a new song, we don’t know when the new record is coming out, but it’s coming”.
From watching Fidlar, you can definitely tell that there’s passion for what they do. There’s a raw quality that connects them with them with younger listeners who just want to have a good time for the most part. If the reaction to their self-titled album is any indication of what’s to come, Fidlar could be look at a pure-punk revival with the new album.