FIDLAR brings good music to Tipitina’s, fans bring mosh pits

Haley Soares | Contributing Photographer
FIDLAR’s concert featured fans, hit songs and mosh pits.

This Sunday, Sept. 23, Los Angeles based band FIDLAR filled Tipitina’s Uptown with the sounds of its thrashing punk rock music. Teasing songs from its currently unreleased third album, FIDLAR had the entire crowd headbanging and moshing so intensely that the barricades holding back the audience broke.

The show was kicked off by Montreal punk band NOBRO, who put its unique feminine spin on the often male-dominated genre. The rockers won over the audience with dueling guitars punctuated by heavy drums and synth, with the occasional bongo solo.

Toronto based alternative-group Dilly Dally shocked the crowd with its alien blend of psychedelic grunge and fuzz. Despite a broken guitar string, the band was unphased and delivered a lengthy set. The band served as an unexpected twist on a night full of heavy punk music, which was refreshing at first but quickly became tiresome.

As the mob of college students and some older punk fans awaited the main act, people fought their way to the barricades. A little after 10 p.m., FIDLAR finally took to the stage and throngs of people erupted in screams. The band launched into one of its newer songs, “Alcohol,” gearing the crowd up for a turbulent show.

FIDLAR continued on with “No Waves,” its most popular song, and the audience began moshing uncontrollably. Those lucky enough to find themselves at the helm of the pit were forcibly shoved against the metal barricades. Limbs and fists were flung as the masses jolted along to the beat.

The band knew its demographic well, playing covers of “Champagne Supernova” by Oasis and “Undone (Sweater Song)” by Weezer. The crowd sang along passionately with the band in a display of uniting nostalgia.

Lead singer Zac Carper, in a moment of sobering authenticity, took time to speak with the audience on a matter that has become increasingly important over the past years, acknowledging that sexual assault has no place at shows like these. As he noticed that the mosh pit was dominated by men, he asked them to clear the way for an all-girls mosh pit to the song “5 to 9,” allowing the women in the room to dance and thrash freely.

As the band left the stage at the end of its set, the people were left begging for more, shouting “one more song” at the top of their lungs until the band obliged. In its final song, the band asked everyone to take three steps back, split in half and sit down. As the first notes of the song rang out, chaos ensued. The show ended in a fury, capped off by one of the most ferocious and visceral mosh pits Tipitina’s had ever seen.  

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