Los Angeles, California
In the midst of an underground skate punk resurgence, with bands like Cerebral Ballzy and Trash Talk garnering internet attention, FIDLAR was formed in Los Angeles. Influenced by So-Cal punk rockers like Offspring and blink-182, as well as older bands from the area -- which they learned about from their dad’s record collection; he was the guitarist of T.S.O.L. -- Max Kuehn and his brother Elvis were playing punk shows by their teens. By the time they were out of high school, Zac Carper and Brandon Schwartzel joined up. Later the group went the D.I.Y. route and started a home-spun label to record material, while embracing the reaches of the internet and making several videos to promote their music, and as motivation to film their drunken antics. Mom & Pop signed the group in 2012 for their debut album, FIDLAR, which was released in early 2013.