As someone who goes to a concert almost every night, it takes a lot for me to get super super excited over a show but the Fidlar show on September 7th at First Avenue is one of those shows I have been absolutely craving for years.
Fidlar is a punk rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band is currently signed to Mom + Pop Music in the US, Wichita Recordings in the UK and Dine Alone Records in Canada. The band’s name is an acronym for Fuck It Dog, Life’s a Risk, a skate mantra gleaned from singer Zac Carper’s former roommates. Originally, Fidlar went under the name ‘Fuck The Clock’, as referenced in their song ‘Cheap Beer’. Founding members Carper and Elvis Kuehn 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. Three years after recording their first songs, they stepped on stage together with The Black Lips and went on tour with The Hives.
In 2011, they released their debut EP, DIYDUI, produced by Lewis Pesacov. In 2012, Fidlar were named one of Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2012. In 2015, the band made their television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where they performed “West Coast” and “Why Generation” from their album Too. In 2016, the band performed on Conan. These guys have a show that is seriously electric and fun. Make sure you bring your dancing shoes!
Dilly Dally will be opening up the show. Heavy and melodic, and with nods to Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Distillers, and even The Pogues, Monks calls it “All that and a bag of weed.” After years of rotating members (Ball and Monks have traded out three drummers and bassists), they have settled with Benjamin Reinhartz and Jimmy Tony. The combination resulted in a debut that sweeps the listener along into Monks’ psyche, as she screams in a coarse holler that chameleons, sliding in cadence and scale. Monks paints pictures of snakes crawling out of her head, while Ball adds simple, sparkling guitar leads that cut through the wall of fuzz and pedals. Reinhartz’s drumming is instinctual, driving forward, while Jimmy Tony carries the melody along with his simple and effective bass lines. Dilly Dally plays like one person, a unit that works to infect the audience. After a few choice singles and a 7”, the band’s debut is strong work, due in part to production from Josh Korody (Fucked Up, Greys) and Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Austra, Dusted).
NOBRO will be kicking the night off. Combining technical prowess and garage rock aesthetics, NOBRO uses bass driven rhythms and heavy guitar riffs to underscore irresistibly catchy melodies. These raucous doom pop party rockers will surely leave you with the best kind of bang over.
Tickets are still available here.
09/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue #
09/08 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre #
09/10 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall #
09/11 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre #
09/12 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre #
09/14 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club #
09/15 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 #
09/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
09/18 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #
09/19 – Durham, NC @ Cats Cradle #
09/21 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom #
09/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade #
09/23 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s #
10/18 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park $
10/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren $
10/22 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s $
10/23 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall $
10/24 – Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall $
10/26 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre $
10/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot $
10/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre $
10/30 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo $
10/31 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom $
11/02 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre $
11/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium $
# = w/ Dilly Dally, NOBRO
$ = w/ Dilly Dally, Side Eyes