Fresh from taking their sublime kaleidoscopic punk to Download Festival, on the eve of the release of their forthcoming album ‘Bay Dream’, Culture Abuse have shared a video for new single ‘Dip’.
‘Dip’ is a song that front man David Kelling wrote reflecting on being constantly gone on tour. He explains, “It’s a song is about missing the ones that I love and time going by so fast. Trying not to get crushed by the pressures of life or losing hope. I feel like a lot of songs start from a place of pain or sadness, and then I process things for a bit and try to find the beauty and hope in life.”
In making the video for ‘Dip’, director Ryan Baxley (with the assistance of Alice Baxley and Brandon Schwartzel) created a human-sized photocopy machine—a process that involved printing 4,500 images, draining 14 drums of toner, and logging 400 hours of work. High-concept yet lo-fi, the video essentially serves as an animated zine, and perfectly reflects the DIY ethos of the band.
“I like the idea that the things I make don’t require a whole lot more than a bunch of effort,” says Baxley. “You don’t need a lot of money or extravagant sets, an art degree, or even a whole lot of skill. Just the willingness to work hard and make shit. And in my case, friends that share the same ethics and are surprisingly willing to work with you. So if anything, I hope this video inspires someone else to make something for themselves, ’cause it’s just fun to do.”
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Carlos de la Garza (Wolf Alice, Jimmy Eat World, YACHT), Bay Dream is Culture Abuse’s first full-length release for Epitaph. It arrives on the heels of the Bay Area-bred band’s 2016 debut Peach, an album that “offers up heavy, emotional punk rock anthems that lead to redemption,” according to Sputnikmusic.
Having just completed a tour with Turnstile and Touché Amoré, Culture Abuse are on tour now with The Bronx in Europe. The band will also be doing a trio of Rough Trade instore appearances in UK next month.
CULTURE ABUSE TOUR DATES:
June 15th, 2018 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf (AT) – TICKETS
June 16th, 2018 – Logo – Hamburg (DE) – TICKETS *
June 18th, 2018 – Conne Island – Hamburg (DE) – TICKETS **
June 19th, 2018 – Eternia – Prague (CZ) **
June 20th, 2018 – S0 36 – Berlin (DE) – TICKETS **
June 21st, 2018 – NCO Club – Karlsruhe (DE) – TICKETS **
June 22nd, 2018 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel (BE) – TICKETS
June 23rd, 2018 – Hurricane Festival (DE) – TICKETS
June 24th, 2018 – Southside Festival (DE) – TICKETS
June 25th, 2018 – LA Mars – Angouleme (FR) – TICKETS *
June 26th, 2018 – Warm Audio – Decine Charpieu (FR) – TICKETS *
June 29th, 2018 – Sommer Gloom @ Kavka – Antwerpen (BE) – TICKETS **
June 30th, 2018 – Vainstream Rockfest – Germany – TICKETS
* w/ The Bronx
** w/ Modern Life Is War/Cro Mags
ROUGH TRADE INSTORE DATES
July 2nd, 2018 – Rough Trade East London (7pm)
July 3rd, 2018 – Rough Trade Nottingham – (7.30pm)
July 4th, 2018 – Rough Trade Bristol – (7.30pm)