There are plenty of cheesy, feel-good pop punk bands out there, but only a few that have that unique something that sets them apart from the pack. Culture Abuse is one such band that breaks the mold without destroying the foundation. You can hear and feel that in the band’s new single, “So Busted,” which is rich like honey in its lo-fi (but well-mixed) distortion and all-around organic sound. Not only that, it’s a sweet love note for anyone suffering with unrequited love.
Frontman David Kelling explains the song as being about:
all the stuff you are told you need in life, but when it all boils down all you really want is to feel loved and cared for.
Epitaph Records has recently, and smartly, signed the Bay Area’s Culture Abuse. And celebrating the news is the release of “So Busted.”
About Culture Abuse:
Formed in 2013, Culture Abuse released their debut album, Peach, in late 2016, on 6131 Records. Recorded with Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios, Peach is an eclectic album that sees the band lean full tilt into garage punk, throwing keyboards and even the occasional string arrangement on top of their distorted attack. This refreshingly try-anything approach to songwriting makes for an unpredictable listen that is simultaneously cohesive, a testament to Culture Abuse’s ability to wrestle disparate styles into something all their own. With their music and fun-first approach, Culture Abuse just wants to spread their message of being free, enjoying life, and sharing love.
Culture Abuse will tour the UK and EU this summer, in addition to performing at Hyde Park on July 1st, with Green Day and Rancid. See all dates listed below.
Culture Abuse UK/EU Tour Dates:
Jun 29 Southhampton, UK – Joiners
Jun 30 London, UK – Old Blue Last
Jul 01 Hyde Park – UK (with Green Day, Rancid, Hives)
Aug 18 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
Aug 19 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukklepopp Festival
Aug 20 London, UK – Garage
Aug 22 Glassgow, Scotland – Stereo
Aug 24 Cardiff, Wales – The Globe
Aug 25 Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
Aug 26 Brighton, UK – 234 Festival
Aug 27 Reading, UK – Reading Festival
Sep 17 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
Aug 20-Aug 24 with Tigers Jaw
Rock Hard \m/