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Infamous L.A. skate-punk band FIDLAR, and Illinois-bred punk-rock outfit The Orwells, took over Il Motore this past weekend for a sold-out show, giving Montreal a loud reminder that punk’s not dead.

First to go on were The Orwells– five nonchalant dudes who look fresh out of high school. Oh wait… because they are! Along with graduating this year, they also played FYF Fest, Lollapalooza, The Great Escape and were featured on MTV’s “Most Criminally Overlooked Artists of 2012“, which begs the question: what have you done lately? From the moment the band took to the stage, the crowd just went. With a perfect mess of moshing, crowd surfing and making out with audience members, the band went through their set with gutter-punk finesse that left you wanting to go steal your moms car, or maybe even spray-paint a police cruiser.

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Next to hit the stage was FIDLAR (a.k.a Fuck-It-Dog-Life’s-A-Risk)– a band that goes hard and makes sure they have a damn good time doing it. With humble roots of playing in skate parks and parking lots, they’ve since toured with the likes of the Pixies and The Hives, gathering a devoted fan base along the way.

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The band’s lyrics are surprisingly honest and revolve around three core themes: drugs, love and of course, skateboarding. These were obviously shared by their fans, as the whole crowd shouted the lyrics, “I DRINK CHEAP BEER, SO WHAT, FUCK YOU!”, essentially serving as the mantra for the night. Overall, the performance had incredible energy, with frontman Zac Carper either throwing himself into the crowd or climbing the rafters and hanging upside down above the thrashing audience. By the end of the show, the crowd had flooded the stage, not ready for the havoc to end.

| Photos by Kaleigh Connery-Grigg | All rights reserved.

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