Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (Photo by Nick Mckk)
Melbourne-based band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever will release their highly-anticipated second album, Sideways to New Italy, this Friday, June 5, via Sub Pop. Today, they release the album’s fourth single, “Cameo.” “Cameo” begins with open guitar strums and Fran Keaney’s lone voice, before building to a swirling roar, showcasing a band at the peak of their powers both instrumentally and lyrically.
“This is a love song. It’s about reaching through time portals,” Fran said. “The lyrics were pieced together over about a year like a little puzzle. I found the first pieces in Rushworth, and the last pieces in Darwin.”
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Sideways to New Italy follows 2018’s Hope Downs, “a debut album that applies their infectious brand of motorik jangle rock to lovelorn ruminations and geopolitical laments” (Pitchfork).
Hope Downs was released to an incredible reception, earning year-end praise from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Paste, and more. Meanwhile, the band’s renowned live show led to selling-out their mammoth Hope Downs Australian tour, as well as sold-out performances in London, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia, New York City, and more.
For more music by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, visit the band’s website.
When I think of bands I have seen over the last couple of years that I most look forward to seeing when the live music scene gets to some sort of operational normal, RBCF is at the top of my list, tied with Ex Hex.