Fans of FIDLAR showed up in full force last night at Bowery Ballroom to watch the L.A. party-punk band bring down the house—or rather, tear apart the stage. The sold-out venue became a mecca for moshers. Each song from FIDLAR’s set was welcomed with open arms (and some fists), with Awkward and Cocaine greeted with especially intense crowd craziness. The FIDLAR foursome commanded full attention with their near-parody trash punk singalongs and comical banter between. Each member of FIDLAR seemed to have their own dedicated schtick, with bassist Brandon Schwartzeld doing his high pitched “Thank you!”‘s after every song, and vocalist Zac Carper’s plentiful “We are FIDLAR: F, I, D, L, A, R” wearing a bit thin by the end of the night.
Opening for FIDLAR were Brooklyn bunch Shocked Minds and the Orwells from Chicago. Shocked Minds ignited the night’s moshing with a tight performance of Suspect, equipped with slick, jutting guitar lines. The Orwells took to the stage afterwards and boy, did the girls swoon! Hands could be seen grabbing at lead singer Mario Cuomo at every possible second, with some hands even managing to pull his pants zipper down. Cute. Hence the band’s performance often played second tier to their frontman’s antics, such as rubbing himself; then at one point, with trou fully dropped, he looked more plain nasty than rockstar. All in all, a salaciously silly affair.
Photos by Nancy Hoang.