Culture Abuse New Album 'Bay Dream' Out June 15th

Culture Abuse New Album 'Bay Dream' Out June 15th

On June 15, Culture Abuse will release their sophomore album Bay Dream. Featuring new single “Calm E,” Bay Dream is the Bay Area-bred band’s first full-length release for Epitaph Records.

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, M83), Bay Dream follows Culture Abuse’s 2016 debut Peach. The album elevates their melody-heavy garage punk to a new level, drawing inspiration from artists as eclectic as Sly and the Family Stone, Paul Simon, and reggae legend Billy Boyo.

Premiering today, Bay Dream’s lead single “Calm E” embodies Culture Abuse’s kaleidoscopic sound with its textured guitar tones, feelgood melodies, and pummeling drumbeats. At turns delicate and volatile, the track also highlights frontman David Kelling’s nuanced but playful lyrics (“Well hello my lonely rollercoaster/I’m comin' up so please scoot over”).

Listen to “Calm E” by Culture Abuse here

With the album’s lyrics largely informed by Kelling’s recent relocation from San Francisco to Los Angeles, physical and emotional movement play off each other effortlessly throughout Bay Dream.

“I wrote songs in my head until I got a guitar,” says Kelling in reflecting on Bay Dream’s expansive sonic palette. “Just going after the sound that I think each song needs individually, so the sound is in constant change.”

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.

Next week, Culture Abuse will kick off a spring tour with Turnstile and label mates Touche Amore.


Apr 9 Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom

Apr 10 Detroit, MI – Tangent Gallery

Apr 11 Chicago, CA – Bottom Lounge

Apr 12 St. Louis, MO - Fubar Saint Louis

Apr 13 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

Apr 14 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

Apr 15 Salt Lake City. UT – In The Venue

Apr 17 Seattle, WA – The Corazon

Apr 18 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

Apr 19 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

Apr 21 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

Apr 22 Tucson, AZ – The Rock

Apr 24 Austin, TX – Barracuda

Apr 25 Dallas, TX – RBC

Apr 26 Houston, TX – Houston Underground

Apr 27 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon

Apr 28 Tampa, FL – Crowbar

Apr 29 Birmingham, AL – Saturn Bar *

Apr 30 Memphis, TN – The Hi Tone Cafe

May 1 Nashville, TN – The End

May 2 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

May 4 Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar *

May 5 New York, NY – Warsaw

May 6 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

May 7 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

*Culture Abuse, Touche Amore, and Razorbumps (No Turnstile)


Jun 08 London – Download Festival

Jun 09 Manchester - Gorilla

Jun 10 London - Electric Ballroom

Jun 12 Amsterdam - Melkweg

Jun 13 Paris – Petit Bain

Jun 15 Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock

Jun 16 Hamburg – Logo

Jun 18 Leipzig – Conne Island

Jun 19 Prague – Eternia

Jun 20 Berlin – So 36

Jun 21 Karlsruhe – NCO Club

Jun 22 Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting

Jun 23 Schessel – Hurricane Festival

Jun 24 Neuhausen ob Eck – Southside Festival

Jun 25 Poitou-Charentes – La Mars

Jun 26 Decines-Charpieu – Warm Audio

Jun 29 Antwerp – Sommer Glom @ Kavka

Jun 30 Munster – Vainstream Rockfest

Jun 9 – Jun 13 & Jun 16 & Jun 25 – Jun 26 with The Bronx

Jun 18-Jun 21 Modern Life is War and Cro Mag