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."