The name FIDLAR is an acronym. It stands for either 'F@ck It Dog, Life's A Risk', a skate mantra lifted from singer Zac Carper's former roommates.
FIDLAR shows how beneficial it is to work at a recording studio. Carper and lead guitarist Elvis Kuehn met while working at a recording studio where Carper was an engineer and Kuehn was an intern. The pair began recording in off hours. Finished songs were posted online.
Kuehn's brother Max was brought in on drums and the Kuehn's half-cousin, bassist Brandon Schwartzel, was also recruited. The group performed with The Black Lips and The Hives.
The online music publication Stereogum included FIDLAR on their list of the '40 Best New Bands of 2012'. They said the group's sound was "giddy sugar-rush Punk Rock."
FIDLAR's self-titled debut landed the following year. It looked like a quick run to the top - if not for heroin.
First, Carper's girlfriend died of a drug overdose. That led him to enter rehab. The song "No Waves" was inspired by the experience.
But life was still dicey when Carper got out. It took a talk with a fellow addict and fan, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, to complete the turnaround.
FIDLAR's sophomore set "Too" arrived in '15. They got a lengthy positive write-up in Rolling Stone magazine in their 'New Artist' section.
2012 Shit We Recorded In Our Bedroom
2012 Don't Try