Culture Abuse Ask You To Bee Kind To The Bugs
On June 15th, SF, Bay Area’s favourite sons (after maybe Metallica) Culture Abuse will release Bay Dream, their first full-length release for Epitaph Records.
Premiering today, however, is Bee Kind To The Bugs, which you can hear right here:
“I was smoking a joint on our back porch in SF with my roommates talking about bumble bees and how much they do for our planet,” explains Kelling. “The fact that they can even fly is a miracle and I was thinking about how they are all being killed off because humans are horrible. I wrote down the words ‘be kind to the bees, be kind to the bugs’.
“Musically, I’ve had the chord progression for the verse since I was in high school,” continues David. “I’ve written multiple songs with that same progression, never showed anyone, but I’ve always loved it. One day I looked at my note pad and saw the two lines, played the chords and the words just flowed out. I had also been reading ‘Sidartha’ by Herman Hesse; the chorus is basically trying to say that material possessions don’t love you back and looks don’t matter, so take all my belongings and let me find peace.”
Along with Kelling, Culture Abuse features guitarists John Jr and Nick Bruder, bassist Shane Plitt, and drummer Ross Traver. Formed in 2013, the band signed to Epitaph Records earlier this year. Culture Abuse are back in the UK in June and July for an appearance at Download Festival and dates with The Bronx, followed by a trio of Rough Trade instore appearances in July.
Pre-order Bay Dream here.
CULTURE ABUSE EU/UK TOUR DATES: (*with The Bronx)
8 Download Festival
9 Manchester Gorilla*
10 London Electric Ballroom*
ROUGH TRADE INSTORE DATES:
2 London Rough Trade East (7pm)
3 Nottingham Rough Trade (7:30pm)
4 Bristol Rough Trade (7:30pm)