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Culture Abuse / Nothing cover - New Noise Magazine Issue 41

The Culture Abuse / Nothing flexi features an exclusive track from both bands (listen below), and is included with the flexi version of New Noise Magazine Issue #41.

Culture Abuse will be releasing their new album Bay Dream tomorrow, June 15th, through Epitaph Records. Don’t think the lead singer of Culture Abuse is wasted. In fact he has cerebral palsy. “They think I’m fucked up no matter what,” says David Kelling, “so I’ll just act like I’m partying to make people more comfortable.” Kelling explains that cerebral palsy, a condition that reduces muscle strength and motor skills, “affects everything” in his life. People stare at him on the street, he learned to play the guitar with his fingers because he can’t hold a pick.  Kelling’s disability affects his movement on the right side of his body – he walks with a limp and often finds it hard to get on and off stage. The band supported Green Day at Hyde Park, last year and have now planned an extensive UK tour later this year. Kelling writes all the band’s music, which he has previously described as “the Clash and the Ramones mixed with some Nirvana”,

“Each of the 4,500 frames was printed out and 400+ hours went into folding, drawing, spray painting, tearing, taping and manipulating each page, and then it was all scanned back in and edited together. This is an incredible piece of work that we’re all so stoked to share with you guys!! Make art with your friends, it’s a lot of fun!” – Culture Abuse

Culture Abuse from the album ‘Bay Dream,’ available now

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Culture Abuse’s debut album, “Peach”, kicks off with a proclamation: “Let there be peace on earth. Let love reign supreme.” Those two sentences, which are also written in giant letters across the record’s insert booklet, serve as the album’s mantra, a theme that runs through every one of its ten songs. That sort of flowery cheerleading might come off like naïve hippie bullcrap from most bands, but not the way Culture Abuse sings it. The band’s outlook on life is instead one of optimistic nihilism seeing the shit the world routinely dishes out and smiling through it all.

“Chinatown” opens the album with fuzzy chords riding behind the idea of living the way you want to, sounding a bit like what would happen if Tom Petty decided to distort his sound and utilize more aggressive beats. “Jealous” is a fun in the sun tune with glorious guitar leads breaking the chord progression laden record. It’s a bit like 90s alternative rock, except lensed through a fun loving and carefree atmosphere, “cause at the end of the day I’ve been dying to be here.” It’s an honest approach to every aspect of Peach. Culture Abuse pulled off a record that is both dreamy and heavy, full of tangible hooks and popping rhythms.

Culture Abuse "Peach" LP

Frontman David Kelling is no stranger to life’s bad deals. In his time of writing and recording “Peach”, he saw a couple of friends pass away, tended to his mother ill in the hospital, and got pushed out of San Francisco by the area’s gentrification, living out of the band’s 15-by-15 practice space with four other people. Not to mention he has cerebral palsy. But rather than complain and wallow in misery, Kelling flips it on its head and embraces it. Their sound is kinda grunge, kinda punk, kinda hardcore, definitely a good time.

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