Wednesday 3 July 2019
Sunny-sounding, jangling indie rock

This Aussie five-piece makes indie rock fun again.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (it takes a while to remember their name, but it’s worth the effort!) are making waves with their bright, energetic indie rock full of lively guitar lines, sharp hooks and dry wit.

They take the melodic nous of fellow countrymen The Go-Betweens, the dynamism of The Strokes, the jangle of vintage Flying Nun catalogue bands and whip it all into a fresh-sounding confection with a tough, no-nonsense attitude.

RBCF have no less than three guitarists. And that’s not all: they have three songwriters and vocalists as well. Fran Keaney, Tom Russo and Joe White paint small portraits of angst and aging (delivered with sharp wit) and their interwoven guitars are a true delight for pop obsessives.

The Australian quintet hit the ground running a few years ago. They formed in Melbourne in 2013, released their first EP Talk Tight on the Sydney-based record label Ivy League, then moved to Sub Pop for 2017’s The French Press EP before releasing their gorgeous and critically acclaimed debut album Hopes Down in 2018.

Rolling Blackouts virtually weaponise brevity, keeping their songs short and sweet. At the same time they pack so much into each of them that it’s akin to finding the full text of War and Peace engraved on the back of a fridge magnet.

This also means that they can cram almost everything in their catalogue into a live set. And trust us on this one, you will be a smitten kitten catching these lads live. The RBCF jangle has claws, sure, but it caters to good times. Come catch the wave when RBCF plays at Roskilde Festival 2019.