FIDLAR - DIYDUI EP (White Iris)
I’ve sung the praises of Los Angeles-based punk outfit FIDLAR from the moment a friend passed along a link to the band’s debut EP earlier this year. Delightfully raucous with hints of post-teenage crassness, DIYDUI proves that LA’s underground punk scene is not dead — it’s just been incubating in suburban garages and underage circles, much like the hardcore movement of yore.
Mosh pit inducing party anthems like “Wake Bake Skate” and “Max Can’t Surf” possess the same tongue-in-cheek humor and imagery as Black Flag’s “TV Party”; it’s an apt connection for a band that lists “El Pollo Loco” and “Cheap Beer” as its interests online. The instrumentation begs a serious look, too, as FIDLAR skillfully blends surfy drums and sing-along hooks with raging, sludgey guitar riffs.
A touch of “angry young male” ennui peppers FIDLAR’s tracks just as much as references to marijuana and skateboarding — but the band’s California boredom feels less like a marketing ploy and more like an authentic manifestation of FIDLAR’s observations on Southland living. If you want to know what living as a 20-something in Los Angeles feels like, look no further than DIYDUI.