Accordng to Los Angeles punk band FIDLAR’s Facebook, there’s only one thing they care about: skateboarding (their name is an acronym for “Fuck It, Dog, Life’s A Risk”, a popular catchphrase for LA skaters). Whether that’s a joke or even a half-truth (their bio continues with talk of their dead adopted brother and corrupt police), their dedication to such nihilism and immaturity informs their musical style, brash and relentless three-chord punk inspired by the Germs, Black Flag, and the Cramps. “We just like good songs – we’re pretty garage-rocky, but we also write some pop tunes,” the band told the Guardian earlier this month.
For a bunch of kids who’d rather be busting ollies, the band (vocalist Zac Carper, bassist Brandon Schwartzel, guitarist, Elvis Kuehn, and drummer Max Kuehn) have already nabbed plenty of attention, releasing their debut EP Don’t Try (the epitaph of writer Charles Bukowski) on Wichita Recordings, touring with The Hives, and recently signing to Mom+Pop, who will release their debut LP next year. In the meantime, the band have unveiled the album track “Cheap Beer”, an ode to sweet, inexpensive lager set to the punishing sounds of snarling vocals, a bombastic surf-blues guitar, and plenty of attitude and dissonance.