Coming on stage looking more like waste disposal men than a punk rock band from sunny California, FIDLAR absolutely blew the roof off of Electric Brixton last night. Opening with the classic Beastie Boys track “Sabotage” (hence the hi-vis vests and white boiler suits) they whipped the crowd into an instant frenzy. By the time they kicked into the second tune of the evening, drinking anthem “Cheap Beer”, the Los Angeles foursome had their audience in the palm of their hands, where they would remain all night.
A large proportion of the set was comprised from their sophomore album, the excellent Too. With tracks such as “Drone”, “40oz. on Repeat” and “West Coast” making an airing and attracting huge sing-alongs. Watch a clip of “West Coast” below to see what I mean.
The sheer volume of crowd-surfers would ensure it was a busy night for the security staff at the barrier and FIDLAR proved last night why they’ve gained a reputation as one of the most fun live bands in the business. It should be pointed out that as well as being super-fun, there’s a sometimes unfairly overlooked depth to their song-writing. They write songs that resonate with a generation that’s going through that awkward stage of life where you’re not quite ready to be a grown up, but you’re expected to behave like one.
A big part of the fun of a FIDLAR show is that it all feels so relatable. You can tell that they’re just four mates, drinking beer, hanging out and playing music. FIDLAR don’t take themselves too seriously and are having a blast, living the dream and touring the world. A very enjoyable evening.