FIDLAR is a skate punk/garage punk band from Los Angeles, California. The band is currently signed to Mom + Pop Music in the US,[6] Wichita Recordings in the UK and Dine Alone Records in Canada.

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,[7] or 'Forget It Dad, Life's All Right'.[8] 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.[9] Three years after recording their first songs, they stepped on stage together with The Black Lips and went on tour with The Hives.[10]

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..[11] 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".[12] 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 since 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, vocals
  • Max Kuehn – drums


Studio albums



  • "No Waves" (2012)
  • "Cheap Beer" (2012)
  • "Awkward" (2013)
  • "40oz on Repeat" (2015)
  • "Drone" (2015)

Appearance in media

Awards and accolades

In the 2013 O Music Awards, FIDLAR were nominated within the 'Best Web-Born Artist' category[13]

In the 2013 AIM Independent Music Awards, hosted by Association of Independent Music (AIM), FIDLAR were nominated within the 'Best Live Act' category [14]