“Up and Down” – Wavves w/ Culture Abuse

Capping off a remarkably prolific year of releases, San Diego punk band Wavves collaborated with San Francisco’s Culture Abuse for their latest single, “Up and Down.” Clocking in at less than two minutes (something I’ve always appreciated in songs,) “Up and Down” is brimming with surfy skate-punk energy that expertly welds together Wavves’ classically frenetic style and Culture Abuse frontman David Kelling’s talented vocals. Dominated by twangy guitar chords and Wavves bassist Stephen Pope’s simple, catchy bass line, the song exudes the same carefree snottiness one finds on albums like Wavves’ Afraid of Heights and Culture Abuse’s Peach. Lyrically, “Up and Down” is a joyous ode to burnt-out stoner loathsomeness that seems straight out of FIDLAR’s wheelhouse. Alternating between Williams’ frayed whine and Kelling’s smooth crooning, “Up and Down” builds tension that explodes into a distortion soaked chorus.

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Max Keeney

Max Keeney is a sophomore in the SFS from Kansas City, Missouri (the side of the state line that's usually less of a national embarrassment). Outside of music, he follows Sporting KC belligerently and has a burning love for Gerso Fernandes. His favorite bands include the Orwells, FIDLAR, Wavves and Together PANGEA, but he's interested in anything surf-punky, especially if it's midwestern. Max does not believe that Belgium exists.

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