Scrappy punks FIDLAR are still pretty much the same as ever, over two years on from their self-titled debut album. LP two, literally titled ‘Too’, documents the highs and lows of addiction, in an honest fashion. Typically, in the same-old, straight-up ‘Fuck It Dog, Life’s A Risk’ style; a fusion of power chords and reverb, which, arguably, is the key to creating an enjoyable, punchy album, right? Maybe, if you’re 17 and spend your days dabbling between different powders and pills recreationally on the weekends.
Almost a tale of self-discovery, the album addresses real issues that many young people deal with on a daily basis, naming addiction, anxiety, and bereavement as just a few. “I figured out as I got older/that life just sucks when you get sober”, frontman Zac Carper howls, like usual, with an accompanying racket from his bandmates on ‘Sober’; a racing tribute to the bitter reality of the comedown. Embracing their signature behaviour, prevailing screeching appear back on tracks ‘Leave Me Alone’ and ‘Drone’, both possessing a genuine restlessness about them.
Whilst ‘Overdose’ is a harrowing, out-of-character piece, stripping Carper of his feelings about the death of his girlfriend and their unborn child; a tale as tragic as it is true. An outro ready to quite frankly rock you, and not in a Robbie Williams kind-of way; instead, a shaking, shouting influx of screaming guilt sets in.
‘Bad Habits’ adopts a slacker-stolen intro, pulling it apart under grating vocals; but it’s unlike any Mac DeMarco track you dub as your “sleep song”. Ode to Viceroy? Ode to the Traits Society Deem as ‘Unfavourable’, more like. Drink too much? Masturbate too much? Carper’s got it covered. It’s not just your dirty secret. Coming out with your confessions and purging your inner sins is undeniably the best way to end an album.
The ‘Fuck It’ Los Angeles twenty-somethings may be writing more than just two-minute melters about cheap alcohol and getting incredibly high, but let’s face it – they’re still about their jolty singalongs, boasting belters ‘Why Generation’, ‘West Coast’ and ‘40oz On Repeat’; two of which gave tasters of the new era of FIDLAR, being released prior to their sophomore as singles. The quartet have aged, but who says they have to grow up?
‘Too’ is out now
Words from Dani Bursill