Culture Abuse

“I was just waiting ‘til I could get out and play music for the rest of the world,” says David Kelling, songwriter and frontman of Culture Abuse. Bay Dream, Epitaph’s first full-length release for the band, offers up ten impeccably-crafted songs full of personal and universal lessons. And the best advice is simple and practical. “Be kind to the bugs, be conscious of others, be careful with drugs, be kind to yourself even though it gets hard,” Kelling sings out clearly over searing, rhythmic guitars provided by John Jr and new addition Nick Bruder on “Bee Kind to the Bugs.” Together with Shane Plitt on bass and drummer Ross Traver the band provides the same strong rock foundations and memorable, critical lyrics as their debut, Peach, but Bay Dream travels exciting new territory for the five-piece. New territory makes sense, as Kelling has relocated to Los Angeles from San Francisco, and the songs read like open letters to both the cities and the people in them.  “I grew up in a super small town called Murphys, California… Once I graduated high school I left. At first I set out for San Francisco, then as everything keeps moving it’s brought me down to LA. So for now I feel like I can’t go back home until I feel fulfilled with chasing this dream.”

“Melodic garage-punk […] about letting go of the things that don't matter.” – NPR

“Sharp, polished piece of driving, guitar-centric power-pop" – Stereogum

“All the bad vibes are immediately being dashed away, replaced with something cheerier and sometimes downright saccharine.” – Noisey

…as if the band are floating off into a Technicolor sky…” – Kerrang, UK (4/5)

“Joyful, lovely, positive to the point of beaming.” – Upset, UK (4/5)

“Their most blissed-out offering yet.” – DIY, UK (4/5)

“It’s their beautifully unforgiving edge and unfiltered approach to lyrics that make it such a winning formula. It’ll be fascinating to see where they go from here.”  - Rock Sound (8/10)

“an ultimate feel-good album for the grown up hardcore kids” – Visions, DE (10/12)
“Bay Dream reminds of Weezer and Pavement back in their best days” – Slam, DE/AT (8/10)


2011 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL
Age Limit: 17+
Tickets $15.00