1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 16 and over
FIDLAR's third album, Almost Free, which will be released on January 25, 2019, bears a raw vitality that FIDLAR partly attributes to a certain lightning-in-a-bottle element in its construction. While the album was recorded in several different locations -- including the iconic Sunset Sound and Sonic Ranch, a studio in the Texas border town of Tornillo -- much of the material came straight from homemade demos. "On the last record we took the demos and re-recorded everything in the studio, but this process was more like how we worked in the beginning," says Elvis. "I feel like it got us back to that original feeling we had when we first started making music together, instead of just pushing everything out on a deadline."
FIDLAR's origins trace back to 2009, when Elvis (whose dad played in the legendary punk band T.S.O.L., and who joined his own first punk band at age 13) landed an internship at a recording studio where Zac worked as an engineer, and the two started jamming in the off-hours. "I remember one day we went out to get a Little Caesar's pizza and Elvis put on Songs for the Deaf by Queens of the Stone Age and I was like, 'I love this record,'" Zac recalls. "That was the moment when it just connected for me: 'We're gonna be in a band together.'" With Brandon and Elvis's kid brother and lifelong bandmate Max brought into the fold, the four musicians felt an immediate chemistry but had no real direction. "There wasn't any kind of plan to become a working band," says Elvis. "We just all really wanted to make loud rock & roll music."
Throughout Almost Free, FIDLAR match their stronger sense of purpose with the ineffable magic that's always driven them -- most notably, that pure and palpable love of playing together. "We were so young when this started, we were just partying and being kids, and FIDLAR took on a life of its own," says Zac. "I really thought I was going to be working on other people's music for the rest of my life, and that would be it. In my wildest imagination I never would've thought that this all would've worked out the way it did -- but that's how life happens in general. That's the classic story."
Pacheco Brothers, David and Rene, began their prolific music careers as Thee Commons; underdogs in the East L.A. music scene. Inspired by the Roots of Chicha compilations and the psych rock sounds coming out of Southern California they embraced both worlds with open arms. Unable to properly play “cumbia” rhythms they quickly learned from their peers in Boyle Heights and gave their best interpretation of the genre. High-spirited and determined they worked on a formula that would become their signature “Psychedelic Cumbia Punk” sound. A sound, not latino enough for the Mexicans nor surf enough for the psych-punks. This paradoxical approach, gregarious attitude, and live wire shows landed them slots on West Coast festival favorites, namely Coachella, Desert Daze, and Tropicalia. LA Weekly made it clear: "If Thee Commons aren’t the best live band in Los Angeles, they’re damn near the top.”
However, after 3 LP’s and a collection of EP’s and singles, the brothers Pacheco decided to work on a different live and studio sound. Seeking a new sound they were inspired by the likes of Django Reinhardt, Joan Sebastian, Edith Piaf, Meridian Brothers and obscure soundtracks by Nino Rota. Yet, rather than start from scratch the brothers expanded on their “psychedelic cumbia punk” sound and reshaped it with a cinematic, orchestrated and carnivalesque twist. With the support of their friends and family they moved forward with the idea to rebrand and start anew. Focusing on their song craft, they began to experiment with different instrumentations and working with a myriad of studio musicians. Maturing as songwriters the brothers are now faced with the challenge of presenting their studio recordings onto a live stage. All the meanwhile, they are also endlessly working on converting new and previous Thee Commons fan to join the Tropa Magica caravan.