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New FIDLAR video: Centipede

Video: FIDLAR – “Centipede”

Directed by Ryan Baxley. From the That’s Life EP, out March 17.

Well at least this one doesn’t sound like Kid Rock so that’s good. And it looks like they’re officially down to a three-piece now. No more Elvis Kuehn. His brother Max, the drummer for the band, told Good Times Santa Cruz that Elvis had no desire to tour again after the pandemic restrictions lifted. “He was like, I am just kind of over it.”

Which is fine. Damaged dreamboat Zac Carper doesn’t need to be sharing frontman duties anyway.

My girlfriend says I lack empathy
Thinks I’m a narcissist, that I need gnarly therapy
I’m sober, not even amphetamines
This self-refection makes my skin crawl like a centipede.

I hate to generalize, but it’s amusing that so many girls are drawn to this type of dude. Not naming names but there’s a certain grownup woman in my household who follows Carper on instagram and claims to be concerned for his wellbeing…but I’m pretty sure it’s just a regular old crush. And who can blame her? Look at that face! He’s adorable. Adorably damaged. Plus he’s Hawaiian and plays the ukulele? Too much.

And come on, you can’t beat a line like “She’s my oasis, but she treats me like I’m a blur.” Solid gold.

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Video: FIDLAR – “FSU”

Directed by Ryan Baxley. Single out now.

Well this is one that’s fun to crank in the car to get your 15-year-old’s attention. Sounds great in the school pickup line with the windows down, making all the moms and the resource officer nervous. Just kidding, I wouldn’t do that. I wouldn’t intentionally embarrass my kid, ha ha. And more importantly, I wouldn’t want all the normies to mistake it for Kid Rock and think I’m a Michissippi redneck.

I’ll admit, I’m a little confused by Zac Carper transforming his band from nihilistic skate punk goofballs to whatever nu-metally shit this, but whatever. It’s still pretty fun. (Although I like the Blues Explosion version better.)

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New FIDLAR video: By Myself

Video: FIDLAR – “By Myself”

From Almost Free, out January 25 on Mom+Pop.

FIDLAR goes disco!

Don’t want to bury the lede here so I’ll just point out that Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist has cut his hair since the last time I saw his hippie locks at Riot Fest in 2016. Phew!

But back to the new song…

Good old Zac Carper is back with another tale about his misspent youth and fragile psyche.

Well I’m cracking one open with the boys by myself
And everybody thinks that I need professional help
But I don’t wanna think about that anymore
And just because I woke up on someone’s floor
And asked, Who the fuck am I?
I didn’t know it felt good to cry

But before you get too nervous for him he asks, “Why does getting sober make you feel like a loner?”

The video features cameos of various punk rock celebrities imbibing their favorite beverages, inclding feat. No Parents, Criminal Hygiene, Danny Bengston (Together Pangea), Kelsey Reckling (and Bocky), Cadien (Twin Peaks), The Side Eyes, Benjamin Booker, Sunny War, Matthew Zuk, Brian Rodriguez, The Frights, No Win, John Doe and DJ Bonebrake (X), Tropa Magica, Zachary “Penske” Cox, Misses Joseph Herzog, Shelly Schimek, Nate Mercereau, Culture Abuse, Barbara (@poserfeel), Alice Baxley, SWMRS, The McGinnis Family, NOBRO, Dicky Presto, Jimmy Russo, Ronald Ray-Gun, FIDIOTS, Dune Rats, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist (The Hives), Matt Caughthran (The Bronx), Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal), Jonah Ray and Taran Killam.

Good to see friends being supportive!

FIDLAR: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

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New FIDLAR video: Are You High?

Video: FIDLAR – “Are You High?”

Presumably from their third album, hopefully out sometime soon, probably on Mom+Pop.

I love this band. They blew me away the first time I saw them at Lollapalooza in 2016, they were equally great at Riot Fest last year, and I’ve been following them ever since.

They’ve released a few covers (Beastie Boys, Nirvana since then, Pink Floyd) and a couple of originals, but I’m looking forward to the release of their third full length. Still no info on when that’s going to happen but “Are You High?” is a promising sign. It’s a little more melodic and less screamy than their previous original single, “Alcohol,” but it’s still rambunctious and obnoxious, just the way we like them.

And all my homies wanna know what I’ve been doing
I think that I knew better back when I was using

Stay strong, dog. Life’s a risk worth taking.

FIDLAR: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

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Riot Fest 2017: No Dicks on the Dancefloor

Riot Fest once again proved itself to be the music fest for grownups. Grownups in black t-shirts.

While all the other big festivals rotate the same dozen headliners, it’s great that Riot Fest has retained its punk rock focus. Maybe not as strictly as during its first several years as a multi-venue festival, but most of the performers still fall somewhere along the punk rock spectrum. And even the ones who don’t play distorted guitars could be said to have a punk rock attitude. Gotta respect that.

Riot Fest sometimes gets accused of cashing in on nostalgia. Sure, a lot of the bands peaked 20 or 30 years ago (or more). But the fact that they’re still around and kicking ass is a testament not only to their survival but to our own. We should all hope we age as gracefully as the most of these artists (Al Jourgensen excepted).

Headliners this year were Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and a reunited Jawbreaker, playing their first full show in 21 years (other than a couple warm up gigs around San Francisco last month). The headliners get the big font on the poster, but fest diehards know that the undercard is always where the action is.

It was hot and sunny when we got to the park on Friday. You never know what you’re going to get in September in Chicago, but you can usually count on at least some rain. The line to get in was down the block and security was being thorough. I heard one guy complaining that they had opened his cardboard cigarette case the wrong way and wrecked it. A woman behind me was worried she was going to miss X, who she had last seen in 1983 with the Replacements opening up for them! Don’t worry, she made it in with time to spare.

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Watch FIDLAR on Conan

Video: FIDLAR – “West Coast” (live on Conan)


I love this band. They were definitely the highlight of Lollapalooza this year for me. This is a song from their second album, Too, and they’re on tour now so you should check them out if they come near your town. I’d love to see them in a club. “West Coast” is a super fun pop song about getting wasted and running away, a sentiment I’m sure we can all appreciate this week.

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Ten Questions We Ask Lollapalooza Performers: FIDLAR

Lollapalooza is coming up. As always, Glorious Noise will have a posse roaming Grant Park in search of warm felafels and cold beer. Along the way we try to stumble across some good music. There are a lot of bands on the line-up that we don’t know much about. So we threw out some questions to help us all get to know the Lollapalooza line-up.

Here are Brandon’s answers:

1. What’s the best part of playing festivals?

Playing for a lot of people who would never normally come to see us and seeing other bands.

2. What’s the worst part of playing festivals?

Playing while its still light out and usually festival sound sucks.

3. Have you ever attended a music festival as a fan?

Yeah, FYF in L.A. is the shit.

4. Other act(s) you’re most looking forward to seeing at Lollapalooza?

Sabbath, Jeff the Brotherhood, Black Angels

5. Who is the worst band/entourage member to sit next to on the van/bus?

Whoever is having digestive problems.

6. What’s the last music purchase you paid for with your own money?

SUNN Concert Bass head and 2×15″ Cab

7. What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

Partying with our friend Daniel Wing.

8. How has Lollapalooza’s radius clause (no shows within 300 miles six months before and three months after) affected your touring schedule?

Didn’t really pay attention to that rule.

9. Got anything to say to fans in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio who can’t make it to Lollapalooza?

Come and we’ll try to sneak you in.

10. Finish this sentence: Perry Farrell is a _________.

3-time ballroom dancing champion.

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Playing Saturday, August 4 at 1:00 PM on the Google Play stage