FIDLAR - That's Life [EP]
Southern California punk band FIDLAR have announced their forthcoming new EP That’s Life. Charging back after a four year hiatus, the EP arrives March 17th, 2023 and marks their first official project since 2019’s ALMOST FREE. That’s Life features six songs including their brand new single “Centipede,” as well as the previously released tracks “FSU,” “Sand On The Beach,” and “Taste The Money.” A song about the minutiae of relationships that crawls under your skin the longer you spend with someone, “Centipede” arrived with a mind-melting music video directed by Ryan Baxley and produced by Alice Baxley.
Created throughout the past several years, the EP represents a journey for the trio comprised of Zac Carper, Max Kuehn, and Brandon Schwartzel. In the midst of a time when in-person contact was minimized, let alone live concerts were being played and pits were being circled on the floors of sweaty venues, the band found themselves thrust into their next chapter while looking for a way to harness the frenzied, care-free energy that has defined their shows and identity since forming over a decade ago. On a search for some shred of enlightenment in 2020, the earliest seeds of That’s Life were planted with a trip; both literally and figuratively. Powered by psychedelics and caravanning with friends throughout the West and East Coasts, Mexico, Hawaii and beyond, Carper’s lyrics for the EP poured out during a DMT ceremony in Lake Powell. Lyrics that realize there is no heal-all enlightenment, and there are no answers. There is, however, an exuberance in sharing real human connections – both good and bad – and a peace in shouting f-it when faced with the immutable chaos of life.
Together, the trio made That’s Life into a collection of songs that are back-to-basics, yet larger than FIDLAR’s ever sounded before. Loud, feral, and primed to be ignited on stage, the band teamed up with recording mastermind Dave Sardy (Spoon, LCD Soundsystem, Red Hot Chili Peppers) to record the EP at the famed Shangri-La in Malibu, CA. That’s Life– a title that’s borrowed from a tattoo inspired by a skate video – is the new era of FIDLAR, and yet the truest version of themselves they’ve ever been. It’s a middle finger to the concept of taking life too seriously, and taking the simplicities of life for granted.
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