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Skrillex responds to claims that From First To Last’s ‘Make War’ artwork was stolen

Yesterday, January 15, Skrillex surprised fans with the release of a new From First To Last track, entitled “Make War.” The single was Sonny Moore’s first song with his career-launching band since 2007. The single’s artwork, reportedly designed by frequent Skrillex visual collaborator Sus Boy and artist Jabbathekid, showed dew-dipped peach wrapped in barbed wire. Jabbathekid’s Instagram feed includes a number of similar images to the “Make War” artwork, with various fruits that are freshly presented, but, for whatever reason, also marred by barbed wire and nails.

San Francisco band Culture Abuse, however, care less about the similarities between the “Make War” artwork and Jabbathekid’s previous catalogue of tasteful fruit torture, than they do about the uncanny likeness between the art and the cover of their own 2016 album, Peach. The Culture Abuse album depicts a comparable image of a peach, situated in front of a chain-link fence over a similarly-colored background.

View the two images side-by-side below:

Culture Abuse noted their distaste with the perceived appropriation as well, in the following tweets:

Rather than ignore the criticism of the lesser-known band, Skrillex responded to their accusations by asserting that the similarities were a “complete coincidence complete coincidence, and [From First To Last] would never disrespect or appropriate another artist’s work.” In a characteristically graceful move, Skrillex used his platform to promote the inadvertently infringed band: 

“Shoutout to Culture Abuse, and as a positive to come from this, hopefully people will go check out their music and show them some love.”

Skrillex’s full response is embedded below. Per his request, we invite our readers who are so-inclined to check out Culture Abuse here.

H/T: Pitchfork

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