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New Culture Abuse video: Calm E

Video: Culture Abuse – “Calm E”

Culture Abuse - "Calm E"

From Bay Dream, out now on Epitaph.

Love these guys. There’s a sincerity in David Kelling’s lyrics that makes you want to, well, call him. Except for the fact that nobody ever actually calls anybody anymore, do they? Maybe they do. I don’t know. I’ve become so antisocial I can barely text my friends without debilitating stress, overthinking every nuance and getting paranoid about how every word will be perceived. Is it just me? Maybe telephony isn’t so bad after all.


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New Culture Abuse video: Goo

Video: Culture Abuse – “Goo”

Culture Abuse - "Goo"

Directed by David Kelling and Barbara Georges. Single out now on Epitaph.

Culture Abuse won me over when I saw them on the small stage at Riot Fest in 2017. They’re a punk rock band on Epitaph but their songs have a pop sensibility and frontman David Kelling is charming and hilarious.

This 2018 Noisey interview conveys that charm, especially this bit about his mom: “My whole life she’s been like, ‘You have a beautiful voice. You need to sing!’ And I was like, ‘Mom, you don’t get it, I’m fuckin’ punk!’”

Seems like he’s been taking his mother’s advice because this new single is a pretty, acoustic love song with a woozy Mellotron line to keep things a little off-kilter.

Wish I could ride a bike
I’d ride it home to you
Cuz lately all my insides feel like goo

Ride on, brother. Can’t wait to hear what’s next.

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Riot Fest 2017: No Dicks on the Dancefloor

Riot Fest once again proved itself to be the music fest for grownups. Grownups in black t-shirts.

While all the other big festivals rotate the same dozen headliners, it’s great that Riot Fest has retained its punk rock focus. Maybe not as strictly as during its first several years as a multi-venue festival, but most of the performers still fall somewhere along the punk rock spectrum. And even the ones who don’t play distorted guitars could be said to have a punk rock attitude. Gotta respect that.

Riot Fest sometimes gets accused of cashing in on nostalgia. Sure, a lot of the bands peaked 20 or 30 years ago (or more). But the fact that they’re still around and kicking ass is a testament not only to their survival but to our own. We should all hope we age as gracefully as the most of these artists (Al Jourgensen excepted).

Headliners this year were Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and a reunited Jawbreaker, playing their first full show in 21 years (other than a couple warm up gigs around San Francisco last month). The headliners get the big font on the poster, but fest diehards know that the undercard is always where the action is.

It was hot and sunny when we got to the park on Friday. You never know what you’re going to get in September in Chicago, but you can usually count on at least some rain. The line to get in was down the block and security was being thorough. I heard one guy complaining that they had opened his cardboard cigarette case the wrong way and wrecked it. A woman behind me was worried she was going to miss X, who she had last seen in 1983 with the Replacements opening up for them! Don’t worry, she made it in with time to spare.

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New Culture Abuse video: So Busted

Video: Culture Abuse – “So Busted”

Culture Abuse - "So Busted"

Single out now on Epitaph Records.

This is the first I’ve heard from Culture Abuse. Apparently they released an album last year but “So Busted” isn’t on it. They signed to Epitaph and released this single. It’s a sweet little song 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.” Awww. Adorbs.

The video is a split screen demonstration of two different ways to live your life. In one pane, our hero has slicked back hair and eats steak by himself and sips scotch on his high-rise balcony; in the other pane, our hero is messy and shotguns beers with his pals. While the fancier guys version seems less happy, they both wind up in a pine box in the end. I guess the moral is to enjoy your life while you can because we’re all gonna die.

Culture Abuse is playing Riot Fest at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 17.

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