The band's name is an acronym for Fuck It Dog, Life's a Risk, a skate mantra gleaned from singer Zac Carper's former roommates. Originally, FIDLAR went under the name 'Fuck The Clock', as referenced in their song 'Cheap Beer'. Founding members Carper and Elvis Kuehn met while working at a recording studio in which Carper was employed as an engineer and Kuehn was an intern. The two started recording songs when the studio was empty and posting the finished products online. Three years after recording their first songs, they stepped on stage together with The Black Lips and went on tour with The Hives.
In 2012, FIDLAR were named one of Stereogum's 40 Best New Bands of 2012.
Elvis Kuehn (guitar/vocals) and Max Kuehn (drums) are the sons of Greg Kuehn, keyboardist for Long Beach punk legends, T.S.O.L.. while Zac Carper (vocals/guitar) is the son of famed surfboard designer John Carper. Zac struggled with drug addiction and spent time in rehab for it, inspiring the song "No Waves". Bassist Brandon Schwartzel was Carper's friend before joining the band, with the two bonding over drugs and homelessness. The four have been performing together as FIDLAR after 2009. Zac was born in Hawaii, while Elvis and Max are both from Los Angeles, and Brandon was born in San Diego.
- Zac Carper –rhythm guitar, vocals
- Brandon Schwartzel – bass, backing vocals
- Elvis Kuehn –lead guitar, backing vocals
- Max Kuehn – drums
- FIDLAR (Mom + Pop Music [US], Wichita Recordings [UK], Dine Alone Records [Canada] 2013)
- Too (Mom + Pop Music [US], Wichita Recordings [UK], Dine Alone Records [Canada] 2015)
- DIYDUI (White Iris, 2011)
- Shit We Recorded In Our Bedroom (2012)
- Don't Try (Mom + Pop Music [US], Wichita Recordings [UK] 2012)
- "No Waves" (2012)
- "Cheap Beer" (2012)
- "Awkward" (2013)
- "40oz on Repeat" (2015)
- "Drone" (2015)
- "Sabotage" (2016) (Beastie Boys cover)
Appearance in media
- "No Waves" appeared in the video games Saints Row IV and The Crew and additionally in Netflix series "Love".
- "White on White" was featured in the video game Sunset Overdrive.
- "Cheap Beer" was featured in the film Neighbors, the TV show iZombie and in Plan B's skateboarding film "True" throughout Pat Duffy's part.
- "Cocaine" was featured in the TV show Finding Carter and video game Grand Theft Auto V.
- "5 to 9" is played in the sixteenth episode of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries
- "Wait For the Man" and "Oh" appeared on an episode of Shameless (US).
- "Cheap Beer" and "No Waves" both appeared on the soundtrack to The Crew.
- "Punks" appeared in the "Embrace Your Dark Side" promo for the fourth season of Arrow.
- "Drone" appeared on the soundtrack to the video game WWE 2K17.
- "Awkward" appeared in the first episode of the online web series "Content Deputy" by Youtube web creator iDubbbzTV.
Awards and accolades
In the 2013 O Music Awards, FIDLAR were nominated within the 'Best Web-Born Artist' category
In the 2013 AIM Independent Music Awards, hosted by Association of Independent Music (AIM), FIDLAR were nominated within the 'Best Live Act' category