“Welcome to the FIDLAR experience,” screamed Zac Carper as they took the stage. As cheesy as it sounds, that’s exactly what it was, a full-blown FIDLAR experience. The ‘unofficial’ record release show, presented by Tumblr x Starbucks, seemed worlds away from its corporate sponsors; the warehouse was bursting with studded boys and girls who were ready to cause a riot at a moments notice.
On either side of the stage, the walls were lined with art curated by friends of the band, notable artists in their own respect, Ryan Baxley, Alice Baxley, and Zoe Zag. All of the art present was in someway related to the band, whether it was huge blown up photos, or canvas filled doodles with song titles from their new album –everything was apart of the FIDLAR experience.
Before the band even took the stage, they played their highly anticipated sophomore album, Too from front to back. The album had just been released that day so most in the crowd hadn’t had a chance to get a taste for it yet. Although it seemed like a pretty audacious thing to do, play your perfectly recorded studio album before you were about to play it live, FIDLAR, like they always do, put on the craziest show imaginable. Stage antics and banter aside, they also manage to sound just as good as the album, if not better.
What had started as a little FIDLAR cult in the dusty backyards of East LA, has now given way to snaking lines around the block, at a show presented by two of the hippest corporate monoliths. With an awe-inspiring amount of angst-ridden hits, I wouldn’t be surprised if these guys became the next Blink 182, or something of that stature.