Culture Abuse - Bee Kind To The Bugs

Song of the Day
Hosted by John Richards
Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards is "Bee Kind To The Bugs" by Culture Abuse, from the 2018 album Bay Dream on Epitaph Records.
WRITTEN BY JASMINE ALBERTSON

Bay Area punks Culture Abuse released their sophomore album, Bay Dream, early this summer via Epitaph Records. Their first for the label, Bay Dream follows up 2016’s Peach. Our Song of the Day is the record’s lead single “Bee Kind To The Bugs.” Frontman and songwriter David Kelling describes the song like this:

“I was smoking a joint on our back porch in SF with my roommates talking about bumble bees and how much they do for our planet. The fact that they can even fly is a miracle and I was thinking about how they are all being killed off because humans are horrible. I wrote down the words ‘be kind to the bees, be kind to the bugs’.”

“Musically, I’ve had the chord progression for the verse since I was in high school,” continues David. “I’ve written multiple songs with that same progression, never showed anyone, but I’ve always loved it. One day I looked at my notepad and saw the two lines, played the chords and the words just flowed out. I had also been reading ‘Sidartha’ by Herman Hesse; the chorus is basically trying to say that material possessions don’t love you back and looks don’t matter, so take all my belongings and let me find peace.”

Below, watch the video for “Bee Kind To The Bugs” which follows a van spray-painted with the album title, Bay Dream, as it drives down a highway.

 

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