Released: 15th June 2018
“Be kind to yourself,” beg Culture Abuse on ‘Bee Kind To The Bugs’, as the track shimmies, sways and leans back, enjoying wind in hair. The band have followed up a debut record that found itself surrounded by broken glass, scorched earth and not a whole lot of light with a wild haze that oozes summer nights and daydream escape. Bold is an understatement.
As their dreams come true around them, Culture Abuse find themselves eagerly throwing themselves into ever opportunity. In the quiet, they miss home. ‘Bay Dream’ exists in the middle. Joyful, lovely, positive to the point of beaming, but nagged by feelings of loneliness and having to force itself to indulge in a little self-care; the band are on the brink.
They find their answers in plain sight. Wanting to be heard, needing to be understood, Culture Abuse pour their heart out. ‘S’Why’ loves being in love, trading red roses and hallmark poetry for blunt declarations. ‘Calm E’ gets weird, zigging, zagging and enjoying the journey in a beat up car, the horizon goes on and on. The band relish the possibilities.
Culture Abuse sound comfortable on ‘Bay Dream’. They’ve made peace with themselves, they know that life is tough but they also know that as long as they embrace their emotions and follow what makes them happy, maybe everything will work out. “There’s going to be things in life that you never ask for,” promises ‘Dozy’ before shrugging and breaking into a wicked grin. “What else am I supposed to do?” Ali Shutler