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Culture Abuse are about to canvas planet Earth in support of their acclaimed sophomore album, Bay Dream (Epitaph Records). Today, the band kicks off their coast-to-coast jaunt with Nothing, followed by an East Coast headline run featuring support from Gouge Away. They’ll continue across the pond for a two-week-long run in the UK, ending with an appearance at Groezrock on October 27th.

In celebration of the tour kick-off, Culture Abuse have teamed up with legendary music instrument manufacturer Fender to give away a hand-decorated Jaguar guitar to one lucky person — in need of their first guitar — along the tour routing.

Culture Abuse frontman David Kelling commented:

“My Dad found the first guitar I ever got on the side of the road; it must have gotten run over and skid along the highway because it had a bunch of holes in the body. He filled it up with plexiglass and rubber cement — so it weighed a ton — and a lot of the frets were completely dead.” He continued, “I’d wanted a guitar for a long time but my parents didn’t get me one. They thought I would never be able to play because of my Cerebral Palsy. It affects my right side (so I’m left handed), but my right hand can’t hold any chords or even a pick, really. It’s not that they weren’t supportive of me, but I think they didn’t want it to bum me out if I actually couldn’t do it. So I just learned how to play guitar my own way. I played every day and took that guitar everywhere with me. My parents saw how far I’d come, so for Christmas, they gave me my cousin’s old nylon-stringed kids’ acoustic guitar that she never touched and it sat for years in the sun, warping and cracking all of the wood. I was embarrassed by it so i covered it with band stickers (thankfully for punk rock), but I still remember the first time I strummed it; a guitar where every string and fret worked — it was beautiful. I was in 7th grade then and I still have that guitar to this day and take it everywhere with me. I wrote every song for every band I’ve been in on it, and that was the only guitar I ever owned until Fender gave me this Jaguar. But what do I need multiple guitars for when there’s probably some kid out there, just like me, wishing for the tools to figure out their own way through life?”

To win, simply email (or DM on Instagram @Cultureabusefanzine) and tell them what winning this guitar would do for you or someone you know. One winner in need of their first guitar will be selected by the band during this tour with Nothing — see all dates listed below.

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, M83), Bay Dream follows Culture Abuse’s 2016 debut Peach and 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. Bay Dream has been praised by outlets such as NPR, Stereogum, and Noisey, with the latter saying it was cheery and “sometimes downright saccharine.” 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.

September 7 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel ^
September 8 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop ^
September 9 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups ^
September 11 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter ^
September 12 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall ^
September 13 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry ^
September 14 Kansas City, KS @ Record Bar ^
September 15 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater ^
September 18 San Jose, CA @ The Ritz ^
September 19 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall ^
September 20 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent ^
September 22 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar ^
September 23 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge ^
October 4 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub *
October 6 Queens, NY @ Thrasher Death Match *
October 7 Charleston, WV @ Bully Trap *
October 8 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 *
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/ Nothing
* w/ Gouge Away