Published Apr 07, 2016Pinning down Culture Abuse's sound is no simple task — the San Francisco five-piece mash together a plethora of sounds drawn from all corners of the punk spectrum and tie them together into an unrelenting, hook-laden wall of sound. On their full-length Peach, the band have only grown more versatile with their songwriting.
In contrast to previous releases, Peach takes a lighter tone overall, weaving sunny, surf-y riffs into a number of songs, like "Peace On Earth." That's not to say that any of the energy or aggression found in their older work has been forgone, though; it's often strategically juxtaposed within these structures. "Turn It Off" bursts out of the gates with breakneck power chords before dropping into an echoing reggae-esque swing halfway through, and then building itself back up with a distinctly hardcore, tom-smashing build-up.
Many of these seamless transitions within and between songs are facilitated by the wide range of David Kelling's vocal styles. The fuzzy, shoegazing slacker wails on opener "Chinatown" are miles away from the distorted growling of "Don't Worry," but his ever-morphing style succeeds in bringing a cohesive feel to the entire album. Peach is a refreshing and dynamic set of songs that pushes the boundaries of modern punk music. (6131)