FIDLAR

FIDLAR - FIDLAR
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2013 Ratings: #282 / 962
User Score
Based on 147 ratings
2013 Ratings: #141
January 22, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
DIY

With its Ramones-via-The Golden State garage punk, it's brilliantly noisy in all the best places and yet not afraid to tone down on occasion.

90
The Fly

Oozing more nihilistic youthful abandonment than anyone since Black Lips, their manifesto sounds pretty appealing from here.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Each track on their excellent self-titled debut is a bubbly slice of smart, spare, moshpit-ready pop-punk that’ll earworm its way into your brain within three seconds of your pressing play

80
Consequence of Sound

Of the 14 tracks here, 85% of them contain searing hooks that’re both passionate and catchy; after one or two listens, you’ll have them memorized

80
The 405

There are mammoth earworms, snazzy hooks and adrenalin-fuelled sprints of kinetic guitar, draped over relentless rhythms that demand your attention and that you sacrifice your body to the music.

80
NME

Consistently on-point, the only thing that lets the record down is the failure to include last year’s brilliantly bratty Kate Nash collaboration ‘Awkward’. 

76
Paste

FIDLAR have done their homework on punk, and know this is just how it starts, that eventually they will grow up. 

75
Under The Radar

FIDLAR is a punk-spirited rock & roll record whose original source material is alive and a millimeter below its vinyl surface.

70
Pitchfork

While there's a definite lineage and history here, the quartet's self-titled debut is about today-- being young, broke, drunk, ecstatic, and not worrying too much about what happens next.

70
musicOMH

In an age where music can often take itself too seriously, Fidlar’s crazed, and often anti-melodic, meanderings about drugs, alcohol and being young are refreshing.

70
PopMatters

FIDLAR’s debut isn’t going to reshape anyone’s idea of what is possible with guitars, but it shows how fun they can be

65
Beats Per Minute

There’s no real depth to these songs, but sometimes surface is all you need–not to mention every single track is catchy as heck.

60
No Ripcord

So it goes with the thematically one-note FIDLAR, which lumps together the irresponsible hijinks of four skate punks that are fueled with determination, but don’t have the smarts to convert their tedium into something compelling.

Z.Younk
84
Saw them perform it live in 2013 with Wavves, and Cheetahs opening. The taste of 80's teen-angst punk like Descendants and Circle Jerks, even peppering in some Ramones sensibilities and a truly authentic don't-give-a-fuck attitude make it the perfect soundtrack for living in the moment and throwing caution to the wind.
th_initiator
95
▲ = Cheap Beer, Stoked & Broke, White on White, No Waves, Whore, Max Can't Surf, Black Out Stout, Wake Bake Skate, 5 to 9, LDA, Paycheck Wait For The Man, Cocaine
▬ = Gimme Something
▼ = N/A
Rob
78
Love the amount of hooks and catchiness of it all. I'm not sure what else they'll be able to offer, but this is an impressive debut.
JayCrackers
73
Overall, a very fun album but nothing impressive. The album can be a bit forgettable but the band is on the other hand not. Definitely will leave an impression with their debut. However, this album is not for everyone and is more geared towards a younger audience as the band immaturity is shown in full light however with their explosions energy and sometimes cheesy lyrics. It surprisingly works. A Solid 7.
liammenzies
84
Los Angeles band FIDLAR love drugs, drinking and self-loathing. They lay all their cards out on the table so that they and the listeners can get down to business and have a good time. Wouldn’t you know it, they do exactly that. Heavily inspired by the 90’s teen angst bands like blink-182, S/T is a record that is all about having fun and provides just that. Simple yet amazing.
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Track List

  1. Cheap Beer 
  2. Stoked & Broke 
  3. White on White 
  4. No Waves 
  5. Whore 
  6. Max Can't Surf 
  7. Black Out Stout 
  8. Wake Bake Skate 
  9. Gimme Something 
  10. Five to Nine 
  11. LDA 
  12. Paycheck 
  13. Wait for the Man 
  14. Cocaine
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