FIDLAR cover Nick Cave’s ‘Red Right Hand’

On their current tour for Splendour In The Grass, Californian garage crew FIDLAR have busted out a couple of punk covers, including Descendents’ ‘Suburban Home’ and Blink-182’s ‘Dammit’. Now they have tackled a song from Australia’s “first punk” Nick Cave, reinterpreting the Bad Seeds classic ‘Red Right Hand’ for triple j’s “Like A Version”.

It seems like an unlikely fit for the LA-based band, whose songs mostly revolve around partying and huffing bongs, not murder and a vengeful God. However, their fast-paced, punky version is unexpectedly impressive and transforms the brooding ballad into a dancable ‘60s surf tune.

Watch FIDLAR cover Nick Cave’s ‘Red Right Hand’

Wreaking havoc in the same circles as Wavves, Cheatahs and The Black Lips, FIDLAR have grown a reputation for their hectic live-shows in only a couple short years together. Following on from a couple of 7” EPs the band released their debut self-titled record earlier this year.

Here’s our take on the band’s Melbourne show: “Storming on stage with album opener ‘Cheap Beer’, their genuine sense of energy snares the crowd’s affection, with fans crowd-surfing before the band even hit the chorus. FIDLAR deliver a garage show in the truest sense”