Culture Abuse is known around the Bay for 2016’s iconic Peach and its brand of effusive and melodic garage punk. In anticipation of their sophomore full-length, Bay Dream, the band has released a video for “Dip” that’s unique in both the concept and the sheer amount of work involved in the execution.
According to Noisey, director Ryan Baxley and the band replicated the scratchy, monochromatic look of a Xerox machine by printing out, distressing, and re-scanning 4,500 individual frames shot through a suspended piece of Plexiglas. Four hundred hours of work resulted in a dynamic, zine-like stop-motion video that features the band members partying laterally, writing on the screen, and smashing their faces against it — the classic move when messing with a photocopier. Interspersed are the antics are lo-fi animations, balloons, and the occasional dog. It’s worth a watch.
Bay Dream is Culture Abuse’s first release since signing to the esteemed Epitaph Records this year. 2018 also marked their relocation from San Francisco to Los Angeles — which likely informed the LP’s title. The Bay may remain a dream for a while, as they’re about to set off on a European and East Coast tour and won’t be returning to San Francisco until September. The local boys are making good, it seems.
Bay Dream is out this Friday.