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Salad Days Magazine | July 11, 2020

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‘Bay Dream’ LP out now on Epitaph Records — See Culture Abuse on tour now.

As Culture Abuse continue their North American tour (and in advance of their UK run), the SF punks have released a cover version of one of their favorite songs, ‘Police On My Back’, found lurking in the set list of their current live shows.

Famously covered by The Clash, and included on their ‘Sandinista’ album to keep the sing-along alive in 1980, Culture Abuse are giving this classic some love in 2018 that they recorded with Fidlar frontman, Zac Carper and have released it today for your enjoyment.

Listen to ‘Police On My Back’

“We’ve been playing this song live for the last year,” explains Culture Abuse frontman David Kelling. “Then right after we recorded ‘Bay Dream’ we were partying with Zac (Fidlar) and thought it would be fun to try and tackle it together. Most people know it because of The Clash but the song was actually a cover by a band from the 60′s called The Equals, fronted by Eddie Grant! So it’s a testament to how truly good the song is! We went into the studio hungover, the morning after we played with Fidlar in LA and knocked this out, mostly live, with some wild overdubbing.”

Culture Abuse are on tour support of ‘Bay Dream’, their sophomore album, and the first full-length release for Epitaph Records, which was released this summer and available digitally at Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and on vinyl and CD at your local independent record shop. Produced, engineered, and mixed by Carlos De La Garza (Wolf Alice, Jimmy Eat World, Cherry Glazerr), ‘Bay Dream’ follows Culture Abuse’s 2016 debut ‘Peach’. With its lyrics informed by frontman David Kelling’s recent relocation from San Francisco to L.A., ‘Bay Dream’ draws inspiration from artists as eclectic as Sly And The Family Stone, Paul Simon, and reggae legend Billy Boyo.

Culture Abuse, who have been on the road with Nothing in the US recently, are currently touring with Gouge Away in North America who will join them for the full UK tour. See below for ticket information or visit their website at

October 9 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge *
October 10 Boston, MA @ Hardcore Stadium *
October 11 Baltimore, MD @ Wind Up Space *
October 12 Long Island, NY @ Amityville Music Hall *
October 13 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place *
October 14 Toronto, ON @ Not Dead Fest
October 17 Southampton, UK @ Joiners *
October 18 Birmingham, UK @ Actress & Bishop *
October 19 Nottingham, UK @ Bodega *
October 20 Leeds, UK @ Key Club *
October 21 Brighton, UK @ Hope & Ruin *
October 22 Bristol, UK @ Exchange *
October 23 Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts *
October 24 Manchester, UK @ Star & Garter *
October 25 London, UK @ Boston Music Room *
October 26 Haarlem, NL @ Melkweg Anti Fest
October 27 Hasselt, BE @ Groezrock *

* w/ Gouge Away

Top photo by: Alice Baxley.

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