FIDLAR are dropping into London for a one-off show around their appearances at the T in the Park, NASS, and Benicassim festivals.
The California garage punk band — Zac Carper (guitars/vocals), Elvis Kuehn (guitars/vocals), Brandon Schwartzel (bass), and Max Kuehn (drums) — perform at Electric Brixton on 12 July 2016.
FIDLAR last played in London when they headlined The Forum in November 2015, in support of their second album, ‘Too’.
“The second record is always the fucking scary record, I don’t care what band you’re in,” says Carper. “We kind of pigeonholed ourselves in one style for a while, this ‘garage punk.’ Everyone says: ‘Don’t sell out, don’t make a slick record,’ but to me, selling out would be making the same first record and just cashing in on that scene.
“I want to expand and get better at writing more interesting songs, and change, you know? I didn’t want us to be labeled a ‘punk rock group’.”
“As a band all you can really hope for is that you just keep progressing and moving forward,” adds Kuehn. “We didn’t have any specific goal with this record other than to just keep progressing as a band, getting better and exposing the music to as many people as we can.”
So ‘Too’ is a departure, musically and lyrically, from the band’s self-titled 2013 debut.
“The new record sounds pretty chaotic, especially with the production value,” says Carper. “To me, it’s a very weird sounding record, a very unique sound. The producer dragged that out of us. We’re ecstatic about it. It’s everything we wanted it to be and more. I was so scared about making another stock, garage rock record. We needed it to be different.”
That difference has paid off. Since the album’s release the band have toured the US, Europe, Australia, as well as New Zealand and will be performing at festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.
“It’s true what they say about chemistry in a band,” says Carper. “You get four people together who can write music or play a show, and when it clicks, it clicks — and we click. The performance is getting a lot more professional. Instead of all of us getting blacked out drunk onstage, we’re actually learning to perform.
“We can still take the piss out of everybody, though. It’s kind of like sticking your tongue out and saying: ‘Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah.’ That actually explains us to a T, ‘Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah.’ But we have a lot more focus now. That point comes for every band. Even 15-year-olds grow up.”