Wish your life was a beautiful life? Well dream on.
Welcome to your summer soundtrack of 2016. The album artwork itself makes you want to take a bite, and trust me, it sounds as good as that peach probably tastes. Culture Abuse plays a mix of grunge, alternative rock and toss in some punk influence as well. They describe themselves as “dudes from San Francisco and Santa Rosa getting drunk and doing drugs, and then also writing riffs and playing shows.” That’s probably a better description than what I could have come up with, so let’s just leave it at that.
Paced with just 10 songs, Peach LP never grows stale. Each song is a slant rhyme to each other, but none of them sound the same. “Chinatown” starts with a spoken word sample saying “Let there be peace on earth, let love reign supreme” before it catapults into distorted guitars. The pacing of the song, the way the drums accompany each strum of the guitar and the hoarsely sung vocals make the song, well, feel good. This entire album just feels good.
Every song has a tongue in cheek feel. Like you are a 30 year old guy that still loves to skateboard and knows that your desk job doesn’t pay that well but it doesn’t matter. You know how the world works, you are old enough to live through much of it, and you know it doesn’t work for you. Lyrics like “I never thought about the government or the president, I never voted for them anyway” perfectly fits the mold. The slacker mentality of the 90’s grunge movement, coming to fruition in 2016. You know the problems with society and the government, but tonight it doesn’t matter, living for the present.
“I think I hate you just a little bit”
Every second of Peach LP drips with apathy and a shrug of the shoulders. But it also reeks of originality and above all else its music for satisfaction. The weather will feel better, your coffee will taste better, and everything will just be better. So what if you have to pay rent with your entire paycheck? Load up your iPod Nano that you got used at a pawn shop with this album and ride this album out like the cool wave it is.
Mediocrity and a lack of originality killed a music scene (Looking at you Godsmack, Creed, Staind, Crossfade, Bush). Culture's Peach LP breathes life into a long since dead and bloated corpse of slacker rock.
by Andy Wilcox (@wilco204)