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FIDLAR’s VHS-Inspired ‘No Waves’ Video: Slackers and Sparklers

When we first offered up a download of the song “No Waves,” by SoCal garage rockers FIDLAR (whose name, incidentally, stands for “Fuck It Dog, Life’s a Risk”), we praised its lo-fi production. Now, in video form, the band, who is touring with the Hives this month, is wearing that description on their cut-off sleeves. The video pays homage to the VHS era, emanating greasy production values, as it flickers through home-shopping commercials, exercise videos and a talk show before launching into the campy ode to ’90s TV shows and homemade hangout vids. It stars Clouds and Candy fashion blogger Alice Baxley — sister of FIDLAR singer-guitarist Zac Carper and wife of the video’s director Ryan Baxley — dressed in hippie-ish shades and a tie-dyed Led Zep shirt, lip-synching to the song as she trudges along Los Angeles sidewalks. It’s slackerism at its best, especially when she goes into a store and the band jumps out and does some air guitar for a mini solo. It’s got wild party antics, skating, bonfires and sparklers. And whether it’s all just nostalgia or not, it’s a great video to usher in summer.

Check out the video and their tour dates with the Hives:

FIDLAR, on tour with the Hives:
June 19 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
June 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
June 22 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
June 23 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
June 25 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
June 26 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
June 27 – Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo
June 30 – Chicago, IL @ e Vic