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Their best show "by far"? FIDLAR live in London

17 November 2015, 10:00 | Written by Tom Hancock

There’s a certain degree of poignancy in the air at London's Forum tonight (14th November) ahead of the biggest headline show of FIDLAR’s career.

Eagles of Death Metal, whose show the night before was so tragically targeted in the sickening terror attacks in Paris, played here only nine days previously. “This goes out to Paris” is FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper’s plain and simple message as his band of Los Angeles garage-punks on stage. It’s met by cheers and applause, and all inside know there’s only one thing to do: to rock and roll like never before.

Security have, as one might expect, been debriefed about what to prepare themselves for tonight in light of the unadulterated carnage that ensued at FIDLAR’s last stop-off in the capital back in June. Such carnage continues where it left off at Heaven as the standing area of The Forum is engulfed by a mosh pit of daunting proportions, setting itself in motion before FIDLAR have even taken to their instruments for customary opener "Stoked And Broke". It’s getting hot in here.

As anticipated, the waters are choppy – but that’s no deterrent for crowd surfers. Even if they’ve fallen flat on their backs – or more often than not heads – four or five times, they’re up again and again and again, determined to make it to the barrier and give the venue staff some heavy lifting to do. "No Waves"? Hardly.

FIDLAR seem to have brought some of the heat of Southern California with them to a sodden Kentish Town. As the set nears its climax, the sweltering conditions of the mosh become almost unbearable, even for the most hardened of young punks. They’ve endured the furnace long enough, though, to witness FIDLAR bring several cuts from recent second album Too to London for first time.

"Why Generation" and "Drone" are the tracks from said album to which reaction is the most fervent, their similarly rowdy choruses uniting all in sweat-drenched sing-alongs. Reworked oldie "West Coast" goes down a predictable treat as well, as more and more reach for their invisible boards and take to the waves. It doesn’t take a musical genius to work out why FIDLAR have become so utterly adored on our shores.

Whilst this tour presents the first opportunity to really bring Too to life in the UK, the already classic numbers from FIDLAR’s debut LP are what ultimately steal the show – from the throat-shredding "Cheap Beer" and "Cocaine", to drummer-deriding favourite "Max Can’t Surf". They’ve even kept Weezer’s "Undone – The Sweater Song" in there – no one will ever cover it better.

“This has by far fucking bypassed any other gig we ever did!” declares Carper, in awe of what’s unfolding before him. FIDLAR aren’t regulars here in the UK, but after the bedlam they’ve induced with their performance tonight, how can they resist popping back more often from now on? The horrific events of the previous night are still far too fresh in the mind, but FIDLAR have come out tonight and proved that no matter what truly awful adversity it faces, rock ‘n’ roll will never die.

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