The Hives and Fidlar - The Wiltern - 9/14/12
See also: Fidlar on Hangovers, House Parties, and How They Came Up With Their Name
Timothy Norris The Hives
The Hives with Fidlar
Better than... getting kicked in the face with a bandy skate.
Only the Hives can pull out a pan-punk-genre-fest kumbaya like they did last night -- even if they're hitting the bottom of their bag of schticks. They're Swedish, they're clean cut, and they're slightly unhinged, which should give them carte blanche in this town. Whether it's their self-effacing stage antics or their variety of black and white punk rock uniforms or their energy, there's a reason, ahem, bigger music publications consider them a must-see live act. Even with all of that, local garage punks Fidlar still very nearly put them on their asses.
With their boppy grooves and a somewhat straightforward (or so we were told) cover of Joy Division's "Digital," Luis & the Wildfire shimmied and shook the night off to an old-school start.
Timothy Norris Fidlar
Then, Fidlar. We obviously have a serious punk rock boner for Fidlar -- how could we not? They're local and they fucking kill.
The Wiltern, however, proved to be an almost awkward venue for a band that plays backyards and street corners for weed and beer. The cavernous art-deco space nearly dwarfed these punk rockers. How can you go about filling that giant space as an opening act for a garage rock comedy troupe? Rocking the fuck out. And they did their best to do exactly that. No frills, no costumes, no backdrops.
The over-35 crowd seemed baffled by their energy. Well, one guy got his own pit going -- windmilling around as ladies giggled and sipped cocktails. The band, stoked to be home (even thought they just played FYF) called out Highland Park and Echo Park, "Where's the Eastside?" There might have have been a spasm or two from the crowd during the bouncy "Max Don't Surf."
Before they closed out, lead singer Zac Carper issued the crowd an indifferent, "I dare you guys to move around." Sadly, they did ... right up to the bar for a $14 beer.