On Monday I reunited with a slew of Weezer Cruisers to see FIDLAR at the Black Cat. Twas the second time I’ve seen them this year (should have been the third, but I was sick for their 9:30 Club show in May) and was easily one of the best shows of the year.
I’d never heard of the opener, Dune Rats, before the show. Similar crunchy garage punk to FIDLAR, Wavves, etc. And frickin fabulous. I picked up their album after the show and have listened to nothing else in the past week. The songs sound better on the record (rare for this genre, by my tastes). I think they might have used a microphone effect to have reverb on the vocals that just threw things off a bit. But on the plus side of their live show, I’ve never seen ANYONE, let alone a bass player, rock out like their bass player did for the entire set. It was a frantic blur of head banging and side to side movement that was quite mesmerizing. I’ve had “Dalai Lama, Big Banana, Marijuana” stuck in my head all week – it’s way more catchy than a song with only those lyrics should be. Check them out.
FIDLAR took the stage to R. Kelly’s “Ignition” with a stage that, similar to their set at Burgerama, was adorned with giant cardboard heads of the band members as well as two life-sized R. Kelly mannequins. Check out this interview for context on the mannequins. They kicked things off with “Stoked and Broke” and rocked through most of their two albums. They also busted out their fabulous cover of “Undone” (aka the sweater song) by Weezer in which they meow for the vast majority of the lyrics. It’s ridiculous and one of my favorite Weezer covers of all time.
Their new album is fantastic so songs like “Drone” and “40oz” fit seamlessly into the set. They ended with “Cocaine” in which they asked the audience to sit down for the beginning of the song. The resulting jump was one of the most raukus moshing moments of the night – it was probably the most insane mosh pit I’ve ever witnessed at the venue. Then they exited to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" and did not return for an encore (sad face). Excellent show.