Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have announced that their highly-anticipated debut album, Hope Downs, will be released on 15th June via Sub Pop. To coincide with this news, they have shared a new video and single, Talking Straight.
Fittingly recorded in a house in the middle of the Northern NSW bush, Talking Straight hits hard with its driving rhythm and melodic, interweaving guitars, while reflecting on the loneliness of being a small person in the big universe. In singer/songwriter/guitarist Joe White’s own words:
“The concept came about when I heard someone talking about the possibility of us, humans, being alone in the universe, and how sad that would be. The idea in this song is that we might be lonely, but we could be lonely together.”
Talking Straight marks the second release of new music from the band in 2018. Previous single Mainland saw the band receive accolades from the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Paste, to name a few.
The two songs collectively show how, after a pair of buzz-building EPs, Hope Downs is truly that album that was promised. The album title, taken from the name of a vast open cut mine in the middle of Australia, refers to the feeling of standing at the edge of the void of the big unknown, and finding something to hold on to. It’s a record that focuses on finding the bright spots at a time when cynicism all too often feels like the natural state. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are here to remind us to keep our feet on the ground—and Hope Downs is as delicious a taste of terra firma as you’re going to get from a rock band right now.
Hope Downs is now available for pre-order from Sub Pop
Having recently wrapped Australia’s Laneway Festival, where the band were a highlight act, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever will gear up for a huge few months as they head over to North America and Europe to play a run of headline shows and festivals including Coachella, Shaky Knees, The Great Escape and Primavera Sound.
Upcoming UK + EU tour dates:
May 17th | The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
May 18th | Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
May 20th | CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK
May 21st | Gorilla, Manchester, UK – SOLD OUT
May 22nd | Electric Ballroom, London, UK
May 24th | Point Ephemere, Paris, FR
May 26th | London Calling at Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
May 27th | Vera, Groningen, NL
May 28th | Molotow, Hamburg, GER
May 29th | Lido, Berlin, GER
May 31st | AB Club, Brussels, BEL
Jun 3rd | Primavera, Barcelona, ES
Jun 5th | The Horn, St Albans, UK
Jun 6th | The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
Jun 7th | The Boileroom, Guildford, UK
Jun 8th | Primavera, Porto, PT
Aug 11th | Haldern Pop Festival, Rees-Haldern, DE
Aug 16th | Pstereo Festival, Trondheim, NO
Aug 17th | Lowlands Festival, Bigginghuizen, DE
Aug 18th | Pukkelpop, Kiewit, BE
Aug 19th | Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, UK