Zac Carper - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar Elvis Kuehn - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals Max Kuehn - Drums Brandon Schwartzel - Bass, Backing Vocals
Founding members Zac and Elvis met while working at a recording studio in which Carper was employed as an engineer and Kuehn was an intern. The two started recording songs when the studio was empty and posting the finished products online. Elvis and Max had already been playing punk shows since their teens, so Max came on as drummer and their cousin Brandon joined as bassist. The group went the D.I.Y. route and started a homespun label to record material, while embracing the reaches of the Internet and making several videos to promote their music and as motivation to film their drunken antics. Mom & Pop signed them in 2012 for their debut album, FIDLAR, which was released in early 2013. The album blew up, debuting at number five on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and number two on the Alternative News Artist Chart. After touring the world with bands like the Pixies, the Hives, Black Lips, and Wavves, the band ended up back home in need of a break.
After starting a new album, but finding the songs and self-produced sound too FIDLAR-y for their liking, Zac headed out on a road trip, wrote a new batch of songs inspired by the music of his youth (Elvis and Brandon wrote some too) and the band headed to Nashville to try again with producer Jay Joyce. The resulting album, 2015's Too, featured a more mature outlook and some musical muscle. ~ Wikipedia + Allmusic bio
Genre:Skate Punk, Garage Rock, Surf Punk Similar Artists:Wavves, The Orwells, Cloud Nothings, The Black Lips Similar Bonnaroo Artists:Beach Fossils, Twin Peaks, Bully
Physical Reaction/Live Show
DRUGS!!! ALCOHOL!!! ANGST!!! All these subject matters and more will be shouted in your face at Bonnaroo's only true punk concert of the weekend! Be prepared to sweat, have people dropped on you, and be soaked with cheap beer while attempting to protect you're ill-prepared friends who "just want to get close for Misterwives" from the moshpits forming around them. FIDLAR shows are as intense as you'd expect, full of songs with slacker inspired lyrics and catchy, early 90s punk-inspired hooks and riffs. After all, some of their biggest influences are The Offspring, blink-182, and Greenday (inb4 "before they sold out!"). Zac is a great frontman, able to rile up the crowd with lively banter and antics such as rolling around on the floor in the middle of songs. FIDLAR truly knows how to put on a performance, and their show will definitely be a great way to start the weekend Thursday night or open a tent in the early afternoon. See you in the pit!
Personal Story The first time I saw FIDLAR was at Riot Fest Chicago last year. It was on the second day of the festival and the grounds were EXTREMELY muddy. During their show, Zac dove into the crowd to crowd surf and was almost instantly covered in mud from all the moshers' hands. When he got back on stage, the security guard did what any other security guard would do if they saw a muddy punk-ass kid jump up on stage and tackled the shit out of him! The guard quickly realized he quacked up and let Zac loose to sing the rest of the song and we all had a good laugh. Needless to say it was a memorable concert!