Culture Abuse's debut album, Peach, came out of nowhere last spring to crack the top ten on Noisey's 100 Best Albums of the Year list, and, in a year that produced albums from heavy hitters like Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Kanye West, and both Knowles sisters, that's pretty impressive. But the San Fran band earned their spot with a record that hit at just the right moment with its songs centered around the idea of taking all the chaos the world dishes out and throwing both middle fingers up at it all. Epitaph Records also saw the value in Culture Abuse, and agreed to release their forthcoming follow-up.
"So Busted," a single the band released today, sees Culture Abuse less forceful and angry than the distorted wall of sound on their first album. Frontman David Kelling inverts the self-reliant worldview the band had become known for to seek comfort in others in this melodic love song. He explains that the song is 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." You heard it from Culture Abuse first: All you need is love. No one else has ever sung that before. They are the first.
Is "So Busted" a sign of the direction the band will be taking on their next album? We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, feel free to love and be loved by Culture Abuse. The band is also touring Europe this summer with a huge show at Hyde Park on July 1 with Green Day and Rancid. Dates below.
Jun 29 Southhampton, UK – Joiners
Jun 30 London, UK – Old Blue Last
Jul 01 Hyde Park – UK (with Green Day, Rancid, Hives)
Aug 18 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
Aug 19 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukklepopp Festival
Aug 20 London, UK – Garage
Aug 22 Glassgow, Scotland – Stereo
Aug 24 Cardiff, Wales – The Globe
Aug 25 Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
Aug 26 Brighton, UK – 234 Festival
Aug 27 Reading, UK – Reading Festival
Sep 17 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
Aug 20-Aug 24 with Tigers Jaw