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“Your roads are paved over graves” – Culture Shock blast Invasion Day with ‘.308’

Invasion Day isn’t exactly the type of day that needs an anthem. That said, it’s a day that needs a lot.

We need more discussion, more information; ultimately, it needs a culture shock of its own to eradicate the rusty opinion that remains that this is a day worth celebrating. You don’t have to watch our elected officials for long, groping over their tiny differences, to know that this culture shock is not coming from them. Instead, the violent jolt that the Invasion Day discussion so desperately needs today comes from the underground hardcore scene, with Adelaide’s Culture Shock rising to the occasion with their volatile new cut, ‘. 308’.

Armed with all the subtlety and grace of the semi-automatic rifle from which it takes its name, ‘.308’ is exactly the type of shameless and ruthless activism needed around such a cause. A lean, mean and angular cut of bass-driven hardcore, the new single has been a labor of love from the band who carefully built it from the demo form they began in 2020.

Loaded with radicalized empathy, but little time for bullshit, ‘.308’ isn’t here to debate or educate – at a jaw-dropping but genre-appropriate runtime of 2.10, it’s here to crack some skulls and take names.

“‘.308’ is a song about the continuing injustices against Indigenous landowners in Australia, in particular the denial of their rights to access land for traditional purposes and ceremonies – land that means much more to them than mere resources. Culture Shock (which includes members of Reactions, Paradise Club, Colourblind and Sports Car) talks about the new single. “What better way to convey that message on Invasion Day than with catchy riffs, a groovy bassline, and an ending that will ring your head like a gunshot?

The song was recorded with our friend Lachy Pitcher at Depict studios in 2020, filmed at a secret location in 2021 and edited by our very own Jerry Fuzz.

Culture Shock’s ‘.308’ officially released Friday, January 28 on Last Ride Records