Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – The French Press EP (album review)

by Woody on March 7, 2017

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Photo Credit: Rubin Utama

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (heretofore known as RBCF) are a five-piece out of Melbourne; recently signed to Sub Pop. Their PR turned me on them with their prior EP and French Press sees the band moving forward in a positive way.

Upon your initial listens, it is easy to hear the jangly guitars and surf rock vibes that will have you reaching for R.E.M. and Real Estate; albeit a little bit more direct than Real Estate. The title track has a bouncy groove to it as the two of the members have a conversation about traveling before ending a very tasty winding jam. Julie’s Place is a quality breakup tune but instead of feeling sorry for oneself, the protagonist bucks up.

The EP became my de facto treadmill listen for a few weeks. It was during one of those listens that I started to hear some hints of of a driving Parquet Courts tune on the third track, Sick Bug. The vocal delivery and the propulsion that drives the jangly riffs forward really mind me of the NY outfit.

These guys are traveling halfway around the world for SXSW and I plan on making their trip worth it while drinking some cool ones while they crank out a tasty set.

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