My relationship with Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever is sort of a trouble one; I know the band are capable of some really great singles, but I’ve never quite fawned over them as much as everyone else (I can just think of a few who might’ve done it better). Up through this current album cycle, I’ve been sitting on the sidelines, but “Falling Thunder” is a track that feels like this is the single I will put on all my playlists. I love how the vocals fall from the high notes during the chorus, crashing into me in this blissful pop moment. This doesn’t feel formulaic, and they’re playing up the vocal melody far more often than I feel like they normally do, which really benefits their craft. Sideways to New Italy is out on June 5th via Sub Pop.
It feels like its been a hot minute since I’ve jammed to Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, so it’s glad to hear that the Aussie posse is back with some new music in 2020. This new single picks up where the band left off, and to be fair, there are moments when it almost feels left over from Hope Downs. But, there’s little extra moments in the song from the chorus to the jam right after the mellow mid-song breakdown that definitely have the band flexing their songwriting muscles. Let’s hope that a new single has the band back in the saddle and working on a full-length for us, as we can’t seem to get enough of this bunch.
With the new Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever LP hanging out there, waiting to drop in June, it seems only fitting that they’d drop another tune. Of the batch of tunes we’ve heard from the group on this album cycle, I feel like this is the best of the bunch. There’s an openness to it, something reinforced by the driving visuals included in the video. Also, you can definitely hear just a hint of a Go-Betweens influence in some of the vocal pieces. Charming, thoughtful guitar pop always has a home here; look for Hope Downs on June 15th via Sub Pop.
It’s strange how a region in the world can seem to craft a sound that’s forever associated with the area, like say New Zealand and Flying Nun. As of late, Melbourne’s been churning out casually infectious guitar pop ditties like nobody’s business…and I obviously put Ocean Party high upon the list of purveyors of that sound. But, just behind them, in a slightly less prolific manner is Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever, who’ve just announced the release of their debut LP for Sub Pop. This song is definitely going to get stuck in your head, especially that damn chorus. Admittedly, I’m a sucker for this region and this sound, so of course I’ll be picking up Hope Downs when its released on June 15th.
After making huge waves in the US with their debut EP for Sub Pop, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever return with a brand new track. This song finds the band very much playing in line with what we’ve come to expect from the band, guitars working atop each other with melody always in the sights. The sharp turn just after the 1 minute marks is a special moment that sets up the chorus of “back on the mainland.” This song hints at great things to come, but no word on a new release. There is, however, a huge list of Spring dates all across Europe and the US, so keep your eyes peeled to see if they’re coming your way.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are steadily becoming one of my favorite bands, so it’s only natural that I share with you their new video for “Sick Bug” off their recently releasedFrench PressEP. I love the way this track rambles along quickly with the endless guitar riffs and the vibrant vocals. Much like the rest of the songs from RBCF, it’s a solid jam that you should turn up loud to get through the rest of your Friday.
How is it possible we’re already through SXSW hangover week? It seems like only yesterday the ATH crew was hanging at Hotel Vegas, with Lone Star in hand, kicking off the week a couple of Sundays ago with the awesome lineup put together by Nathan and our boy Mr. Laird. As always, we move on, reflect on the fun behind us, and plan for the next great lineup or festival. Such is the beauty of living in the live music capital of the world. To look back on the festival, Nathan, Brian, and myself came up with an arbitrary list of awards with each of us picking our choice for the category.
Hit the jump for our awards, final thoughts and a few related pics from a fun, exciting, and draining week.
Clearly we’re enamored with the playful sounds of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (I even wrote about them HERE for SXSW). They definitely have an Australian sound, and it’s super apparent here…filled with that breathy vocal and guitars that ring circles in your head. Personally, I love how the band has this attitude of indifference, yet they survive by offering up an inherent joyousness; it’s even evident in the celebratory attitude of the accompanying video. These guys are one of the highlights of my upcoming SXSW plans, and if you won’t be here, that’s okay because you can grab The French Press EP on March 10th via Sub Pop.
So maybe I’m a day late and a dollar short on sharing this new track from longtime ATH faves, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, but it’s a right jam, so I had to. These Australian gentlemen, if you’ve somehow managed to miss out on the plethora of great songs that they’ve been tossing your way, have signed to Sub Pop and will be putting out an EP later in the spring. They’ve just released the title track from that release, called “French Press,” and it shows the band really tearing up the jangly rock scene; they remind me of a tightly-wound Real Estate. Crisp electric guitar riffs frolic through the whole tune while the vocals are tight and quick lipped. These folks are doing indie rock right, and it’s time for you to dive in headfirst. Take a listen below and don’t forget about their French Press EP, which is due out March 10th via Sub Pop. Pick it up here.
Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have made my short list for acts to watch in 2017 after each single they’ve dropped up to this point has been another pop masterpiece. “Julie’s Place,” is no exception, and the video below will let you take a listen to the track while watching a slice of life at high speed. The track has got infectious guitars that ferociously tear through the track at high speeds, and the vocals are a mellow compliment to the instrumentation. Take a listen and look out for their Sub Pop debut EP, which will be out sometime this spring.