Last summer saw Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever drop their full-length debut album. Released via renowned indie label Sub Pop, Hope Downs boasted 10 tracks, including early standout offerings like “Talking Straight”. The Melbourne natives are extending their momentum into 2019 with plans to put out a new 7-inch single in April.
The project is comprised of two songs, “In the Capital”, and B-side “Read My Mind”. As a teaser, RBCF have let loose the former track, a steadily and gently driving number that reminds me of a cross between Nada Surf and former Sub Pop act Death Cab for Cutie. Its fluid, almost dreamlike vibe matches the artwork (seen below) pretty well, and, according to one of the band’s singers/guitarists, was inspired by a swimming session.
“I first had the idea for the melody and some of the lyrics when I was swimming,” Fran Keaney recalled in a statement. “It’s taken a while to finish the song, to make it feel like the initial feeling. I can’t neatly describe it, but something like connection despite distance. I was thinking about transience and water and death and big cities and fishing towns and moon river.”
Hear “In the Capital” below.
The new 7-inch arrives April 26th and can be pre-ordered on Sub Pop’s website.
“In the Capital” b/w “Read My Mind” Artwork:
In support of the 7-inch and Hope Downs, RBCF will be spending the next couple of months touring North America, the UK, Europe, and Australia. In addition to headlining gigs, the group’s outing includes performances at festivals like Boston Calling, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, and Mad Cool Festival. Grab tickets on here.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever 2019 Tour Dates:
03/10 – Tasmania, AU @ Panama Fest
03/16 – Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Fest
04/24 – Brisbane, AU @ Triffid
05/03 – Castlemaine, AU @ Theatre Royal
05/04 – Melbourne, AU @ Croxton
05/10 – Sydney, AU @ Manning Bar
05/24-26 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
05/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
05/29 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
05/31 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
06/02 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
06/04 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
06/06 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
06/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
06/08 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
06/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
06/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Lodge Room
06/13 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
07/03 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/05 – Ewjik, NL @ Down the Rabbit Hole
07/07 – Paris, FR @ Le Point Ephemere
07/09 – Liverpool, UK @ Invisible Wind Factory
07/11 – Dublin, IE @ The Iveagh Gardens
07/12 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
07/13 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive
07/15 – Glasgow, UK @ St. Luke’s
07/16 – Sheffield, UK @ The Leadmill
07/18 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
07/19 – Bedford, UK @ Esquires
07/21 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
07/22 – Birmingham, UK @ Mama Roux’s
07/23 – Reading, UK @ Sub89
07/27 – Thirsk, UK @ Deer Shed Festival