Fidlar premieres video for 'Wait for the Man,' plays the El Rey Tuesday
Know thyself. I imagine Fidlar isn't that well-versed in Socrates, but the band's members get the gist. See their influences: "Coors Light, King Cobra, Four Loko, Jameson, Taak, Steel Reserve, Natural Light, Bud Light, Miller Light, Bud, Miller, PBR, Taurino, Joose, JD, Evan Williams, Benders, PARTY, Simpler Times, Coors, 211, Mickeys, OE."
Their band interests are: to party and play music, but mostly to party. So you can guess what's included in the new video for "Wait for the Man." Cartoon vomit and shattered bottles of Jack Daniels. Dancing girls and loud guitars. There's even a cartoon outline of Beavis and Butt-Head that passes by in the epileptic blink of an eye.
The statement accompanying the Ryan Baxley-directed clip goes: "The concept for this video is based on stock footage and it's generic purpose. We took footage of what a music video is 'supposed' to look like and ridiculed it. The drawings were inspired by the ads you see on the street or in subways, where people have scratched or drawn mustaches or other things like that on top of them. So that's what we did to this footage, frame by frame."
Like Hanni El Khatib, Best Coast, Wavves and plenty of other bands operating in Los Angeles, Fidlar channels both early rock and roll and punk rock, and dynamites that combination with adrenaline and abraded rawness. The song is a two-minute burner, all power chords and swagger. This sort of tune that makes you want to buy the strongest speakers money can buy, crank them up to maximum volume, buy a 24-pack of Bud Lite, invite some friends over, and terrorize your neighbors.
Or you can just catch Fidlar on Tuesday night, opening for a band with an unprintable name at the El Rey.
You can watch the video by clicking here. (Note: contains adult language.)
-- Jeff Weiss
Photo: Fidlar. Credit: Fidlar Facebook