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Fidlar on Hangovers, House Parties, and How They Came Up With Their Name

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Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 7:58 AM

click to enlarge JENNIE WARREN
  • Jennie Warren
See also our feature story: Fidlar Are Drunk, Reckless and Proud of It

Our print feature story this week focuses on Fidlar, Highland Park-based garage punks who are creating major industry buzz without seeming to give a fuck.

Over the course of a beer-drenched BBQ at their home-recording studio, they shared their thoughts between gulps of Bud Light. There wasn't enough room for all of their choice quotes within the article, so here are the inebriated musings of Zac Carper, Brandon Schwartzel, and Elvis and Max Kuehn:

On growing up with their dad in legendary punk act T.S.O.L.:

Elvis Kuehn: My brother and I grew up playing music. My dad gave Max a drum set for his first birthday and got me a guitar later and was like 'That's what you're each gonna play.'

On their adolescent band, The Diffs:

Elvis Kuehn: Max was 12 and I was 13 and we played with all the old punk bands: T.S.O.L., Adolescents, Circle Jerks, Germs. It was weird getting to open for all our legends.

On the Kuehn brother's first musical efforts:

Carper: We got some them on film. (The whole band laughs) Their talent shows, we have them on VHS.

On Fidlar's first jam sessions:

Elvis: The recording studio where we both worked wasn't booked, so me and Zac jammed with some random dude on drums. I was playing Farfisa organ and Zac was playing guitar and we jammed for three hours straight.

Carper: Yeah we jammed for like three hours. We were all hungover! We were super hungover and said, 'Fuck it, let's just jam.' After that we were like: fuck man we should start a band.

Elvis: We would bring in Brandon and Max and record demos all night there.

Carper: Yup, get drunk and record all night.

Schwartzel: It was sweet to have this open vein of a really cool studio. It was called "The Ship" and we pretty much had the keys. We'd go any chance we could just to mess around and see what happened.

On moving to Los Angeles:

Carper: I love L.A. I loved it ever since the start, I've been here for four years. There's been some rough times, but there's rough times anywhere.

On being known for playing house parties, and killing it:

Carper: Before DIYDUI came out we didn't even have a venue show...

Elvis: We didn't have any shows! We weren't getting booked anywhere so we were like fuck it let's just have parties at our place and we'll have our friends play, you know we had The Shrine play and our friend Brian's band Kissing Booth play. And we'd play. So that's how we got people to hear our music. In that room [gestures to the band's "live room" across the hall] it gets so fucking hot and crazy. There's no ventilation.

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