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Product details

  • Vinyl (3 Dec. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wichita Recordings
  • ASIN: B009YQMNJ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,277 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cheap Beer
  2. Stoked & Broke
  3. White On White
  4. No Waves
  5. Whore
  6. Max Can't Surf
  7. Black Out Stout
  8. Wake Bake Skate
  9. Gimme Something
  10. 5 to 9
  11. LDA
  12. Paycheck
  13. Wait for the Man
  14. Cocaine

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BBC Review

FIDLAR cribbed their name from a phrase rife on California’s skateboarding scene, “F*** It Dog, Life’s A Risk”. Fair to say Confucius won’t be turning in his grave at that one, though in light of the phenomenal drink-and-drug intake documented on their debut, perhaps “YOLO” would have been more appropriate.

Setting the scene on this eponymous album with “40 beers and a line of speed … eight ball of blow and half a pound of weed”, the Los Angeles punkers finish with a spot of cocaine for breakfast... and find time for all manner of debauchery in between.

Mostly, FIDLAR take to their bad behaviour like most people take to a warm bath. The Cramps-ish, aforementioned first track, Cheap Beer, is a brutally effective kiss-off to LA’s holier-than-thou straight-edge kids. “I drink cheap beer, so what? F*** you!” barks frontman Zac Carper.

Stoked and Broke is, perhaps, a touch more ambivalent in its addled defiance: “Getting head in a broken car with the windows up and the lights turned off / There is nothing wrong with living like this, all my friends are pieces of s***.”

If anything, White on White (wonder what that one’s about?) throws itself even harder at the wall – it’s a whipcrack hail of turbo-charged, Misfits riffing. No Waves is a rehab anthem that, true to perverse form, is one of the peppiest things on here. Wake Bake State is in a similar vein, as catchy as it is exhaustingly stupid, and Whore is an ugly diss to an ex, lamely echoing the Misfits’ Attitude.

Blackout Stout and Wait for the Man are rote garage-rock detours, and the album’s back-end wobbles from rootsier fare to Jimmy Eat World-style pop-punk. But just occasionally the band drops hints that they might have a future beyond this loutish, two-dimensional debut.

It’s Cocaine that channels FIDLAR’s deadbeat hedonism into something emotionally committed. Darker than what precedes it, it’s like a punkified, pre-Zen Beastie Boys, and might be the nastiest-sounding drug ditty since Queens of the Stone Age’s Feel Good Hit of the Summer.

The closer comprises a deserved hangover, if you will, to a seriously messy night out.

--Alex Denney

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"Grammy-award winning" is not a phrase you're ever likely to see associated with FIDLAR and it's not at all to their detriment. While worthier bands pursue School of Rock greatness, the respect of their peers or increasingly bloated prog-rock ridiculousness (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective and the Flaming Lips please stand up), these snot-faced L.A. punks seem deliriously content with the business of singing and playing and drinking and scoring drugs and getting wasted or singing about drinking and scoring drugs and getting wasted or just getting drunk and wasted whilst singing about getting drunk and wasted. In short, FIDLAR like to party and their debut album makes no bones whatsoever about that fact. The opening salvo of `Cheap Beer', `Stoked & Broke', `White On White' and `No Waves' sets out their musical stall and, where at times, it can feel like an over-caffeinated Patrick Star bellowing right in your face at a Wavves or Black Lips gig, there's no denying the sheer vigour and the raw sense of righteous belief that bleeds through.

FIDLAR do take their foot off the gas, albeit temporarily, about halfway in (not counting the dubious `Whore' track; the closest thing here to a ballad) and 'Gimmie Something' has them surprisingly sounding like a melodic but muscular Creedence Clearwater Revival. Whether intentional or not, this one song taps into a vein of musicianship that you almost doubted existed within the band and gives you a reason to root for these kids in the long term; that if they survive the endless partying, they could well become this generation's Replacements.

Whatever else FIDLAR are or aspire to be in the future, right now, they want to be your new favourite band, your new best friend or your hot new squeeze.
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Solid garage rock record. Exactly what you'd be expecting after hearing their singles. I recommend it especially if you're into skating/surfing culture.
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Top album, heard them from listening to The Orwells.
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What a debut album. Raw, gritty LA sound.
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Punk rock from california. excellent.
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