The musicians in Fidlar aren’t teenagers anymore.
That doesn’t mean they’re slowing down; they may just have to cut back on partying, according to lead singer/guitarist Zac Carper. Taking a break in his home state of Hawaii, Carper says the shows include vicious jumping, moshing and crowd surfing.
“It’s pretty grueling on the body,” Carper says of Fidlar’s shows. “We have to play longer shows, so we’re learning how to not party as much, so we can rest.”
The L.A. garage rock party band will return to Phoenix for a show with Dilly Dally and Side Eyes at the Van Buren on October 19.
Fidlar started its journey in 2009 by playing house shows in Los Angeles, whose police force often shut down the gigs. Carper admits that even though they play real venues now, security has heckled them for their crowd’s behavior.
“We’ve definitely had some venues where security asks us to calm the crowd down, and it’s like, ‘You do realize if we tell them to calm down they’re just going to go crazy?’” Carpenter jokes.
Carper admits the house and backyard shows are still on his mind, even though they tour the world.
“I remember one time after playing a venue show, we were like ‘(Forget) this, let’s just play house parties.’”
That does not mean Fidlar isn’t enjoying playing larger venues. They make more room for reckless behavior and less injury which, according to Carper, is pretty cool.
“The thing with our shows that I always thought was pretty interesting is you don’t hear about people getting injured too badly,” Carper says. “All these mosh pits are more chill. If you fall down, someone is there to pick you up.”
Fidlar shows have long been an attraction to an angsty, diverse and ultimately unique crowd, and Carper says their fans’ energy is one of the best parts of performing.
“We’re not a necessarily ‘popular’ band,” Carper says. “There’s very unique people who come to our shows, very interesting people. I love these kinds of people because they make me feel like I’m not alone.”
A majority of the band’s songs reference drugs, partying and typical reckless teenage behavior. Carper, who has struggled with drug addiction and has taken a path to sobriety, says it is awkward sometimes to perform songs he wrote in his younger years.
“When we did our second record, I was sober for three and half years, and it was pretty weird screaming like ‘cocaine,’ and ‘cheap beer’ every night,” Carper says. “It was one of those meditations where once you start playing, you forget where you are. It’s like a character I have to get into.”
Despite their so-called “old age,” the band has no intentions of stopping. Carper, 31, says they are going to continue to develop their sound until they just can’t scream anymore. Even then, they may just go acoustic.
“We’re getting older, but we’re not that old,” Carper jokes.
Fidlar w/Dilly Dally and Side Eyes, The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, 480.659.1641, thevanburenphx.com, 8 p.m. Friday, October 19, $25. Open to ages 13 and older.