CMJ 2011: Interview With Fidlar

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We caught up with rising punk band Fidlar (acronym for “F**k It Dog Life’s A Risk”) after their furious set at the Lost Angeles showcase last night. Singer/guitarist Zac Carp, singer/guitarist Elvis Kuehn, bassist Brandon Schwartzel, and drummer Max Kuehn share their thoughts on punk music in LA, plans before June 2012, and influences beyond rock and roll. Read the full interview and grab a free track from Fidlar after the jump:

MP3.com: How would you guys describe your sound?
Brandon: High octane rock and roll.

MP3: What bands do you draw from inspiration?
Brandon: Ty Seagall, Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees.
Zac: Black Flag. Jackson Browne.
Max: Asia.
Brandon: Sade. Jackson Tanner.

MP3: Where are you guys from?
Brandon: I’m originally from San Diego, but we’re based in Los Angeles.

MP3: What’s the LA scene like?
Max: It’s rad. FYF are our homies.
Zac: We throw a lot of house parties, good kids there.
Brandon: There’s a great underground punk scene.

MP3: Electronic music in LA has raised the city’s profile the most in recent years, but it seems like there’s always been an undercurrent punk music.
Max: Definitely. We’ve been seeing the same bands for years, and they’re just getting better.
Brandon: For every electronic group to come out, there are two punk bands that start up as a reaction to it.
Zac: There’s this great band called Pangea that’s been playing the area, they are great.

MP3: Is this your first time at CMJ?
Zac: Yeah. It’s crazy.

MP3: How many shows are you juggling this week?
Zac: We just played two tonight, and have a third at Shea Stadium.
Brandon: We have one at Knitting Factory, Bruar Falls, and Shea Stadium again.

MP3: What do you guys hope to get out your time at CMJ?
Zac: I don’t know. We’re just here to play some shows.

MP3: Do you have any shows planned post-CMJ?
Brandon: We have a show opening with the Black Lips and Bleached in Orange County, and a show with No Bunny in Long Beach.
Zac: We’re just trying to stay in LA for now, we don’t really want to tour outside of it yet.
Max: We have no plans to tour until June. June is when sh*t hits the fan.

MP3: Do you guys have any releases out people can check out?
Zac: DYIDUI.
Brandon: It’s a four track release put out by White Iris.

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