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3 singers, 2 EPs and zero bad songs. This band is making me very happy.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 22:25 (one year ago) Permalink

French Press is one of my favorite releases this year.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 22:30 (one year ago) Permalink

the best band down under or up over

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 22:38 (one year ago) Permalink

they're awesome live too, saw them in march. a motorik guitar tornado

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmalT6ldk1M

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 22:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Best rock band around IMO. Love them

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 23:52 (one year ago) Permalink

That's...a long band name.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 23:57 (one year ago) Permalink

lol it does feel a bit like they had two ideas for a cool band name and wound up using both

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:03 (one year ago) Permalink

I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a guitar band in literally a decade. This is a big deal. They have no business being this good.

Are there other Melbourne this good? Because we don’t hear about them in New Jersey. Or at least I don’t.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 19 October 2017 02:22 (one year ago) Permalink

And yes yes yes to the motorik! They have that sound down. Fast and precise. Everyone I’ve played them for have freaked out.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 19 October 2017 02:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Xpost
If you're asking if there are other Melbourne bands this good yes they are like my 30th favorite Melbourne band and I think they're really good. That city is a hailstorm of great bands.

There's an Auz/Zealand thread that lists a ton.

Dick Diver
Total Control
Terry
Stevens
Stroppies
Ocean Party
Tim Richmond Group
Ausmuteants
Hierophants
Milk Teddy
Chook Race
Scott & Charlene's Wedding
Twerps
UV Race
Pregnancy
Zebras

Shoot - that's not thirty.

SA, Thursday, 19 October 2017 03:54 (one year ago) Permalink

I like Chook Race a lot, but none of the other bands, like Dick Diver, come close. Their original plan was to have a full-length out by now but I think it won't be until next year. For those of you who only got The French Press, take the Talk Tight EP, with the “Write Back/Career” single, and four free 2013 tracks from their Bandcamp page for a very satisfying 42+ minute album (or 45 if you include "Cat In My Head" from the split EP, probably their slightest tune, but pleasantly shambling).

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 19 October 2017 04:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Aww man Dick Diver is probably my favorite current band. At least top 3. Maybe Total Control too.

SA, Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah I loved the last Dick Diver album

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:50 (one year ago) Permalink

That's...a long band name.

― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:57 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol it does feel a bit like they had two ideas for a cool band name and wound up using both

― bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8:03 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

first release was as Rolling Blackouts, but apparently an american band of the same name objected, so they added CF.

pissed i missed seeing them earlier this year. think i slightly prefer the first ep.

mizzell, Thursday, 19 October 2017 13:26 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh I don't mean Dick Diver is bad at all. I just didn't think they stood out from the pack quite the same way. I just didn't hear songs that made me want to listen to nothing but them for a week straight like RBCF. I'm relistening to last couple albums and are growing on me. Total Control are good post-punk, look forward to more from them.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:02 (one year ago) Permalink

i'll rep for salad boys! i'm a fan of pretty much everything i've heard from that scene but salad boys come closest to RBCF imo from the few contemporaries i'm actually familiar with

dynamicinterface, Thursday, 19 October 2017 21:50 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This is still on constant rotation for me. By far my favorite new band in years and years.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:33 (eleven months ago) Permalink

dig up just came on shuffle while at work :)

dynamicinterface, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Nice! Apparently their new album may come out relatively soon, based on this interview from March 2017.

We’ve got this vision for the album which is really taking shape, a lot of the songs we’re writing are fitting within this overall theme. Not that it would be a concept album, but it’s got a vision to it, which is really exciting. So I think that we’ll look to record in the middle of the year, maybe have a song out—or two songs out, I’m not sure— towards the back half of the year. All being well, a release at the end of the year, or early next year.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Still fantastic. Still my favorite music I heard in 2017 and it ain't close.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:27 (ten months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

They've got a new song out, Mainland. You can hear 30 glorious seconds of it below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/65e668e9-9cd1-4809-b7e7-26439732e1eb

kornrulez6969, Monday, 22 January 2018 18:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqZPbcJQC2Q

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 02:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

It's tough pop/soft punk heaven!

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 02:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

to the list of bands above want to add the excellent Odd Hope who are yanks not kiwis but I think fit very well and their new album is great, friend of mine put it out on Fruits & Flowers (a label worth checking out for ppl who like Rolling Blackouts)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPtdihNCNFE

bhad and bhabie (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:07 (nine months ago) Permalink


Yes ODD HOPE’s debut LP is finally here bringing an immersive set of anglophile jangle & Midwest gloom. Primarily the work of Oakland’s Tim TInderholt, here aided & abetted by the post punk-ish Edmund Xavier of Horrid Red/Der TPK, this record will feed a Twin Tone/Glass Records mid-80s fix. There’s something incredibly catchy & vaguely ominous about Tim’s songs that is totally now, & crucial. Come on down if you want to.

bhad and bhabie (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

New song. It’s great. The debut album comes out in June.

https://youtu.be/Zj5tH-6vNKY

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:55 (seven months ago) Permalink

You can pre-order now! https://rollingblackoutscoastalfever.bandcamp.com/album/hope-downs

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 19:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

fuck yeah

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 19:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

oh boy

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 19:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

preordered!

dynamicinterface, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 21:38 (seven months ago) Permalink

I like what little I've heard so far!

The Harsh Tutelage of Michael McDonald (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 21:40 (seven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Wiiiiide eeeeeyyyyes

JoeStork, Thursday, 26 April 2018 17:55 (six months ago) Permalink

great show in Seattle last night

JoeStork, Thursday, 26 April 2018 17:56 (six months ago) Permalink

good to know, I was thinking about seeing them Monday

geoffreyess, Thursday, 26 April 2018 20:41 (six months ago) Permalink

Another KCRW show here...

http://www.kcrw.com/music/shows/morning-becomes-eclectic/rolling-blackouts-coastal-fever

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 26 April 2018 20:59 (six months ago) Permalink

Iwantyouiwantyouiwantyouiwant you

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 1 May 2018 20:52 (six months ago) Permalink

These guys are unfairly good. I hope they never write a slow song.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 1 May 2018 20:52 (six months ago) Permalink

Saw them tonight. I've mostly seen metal shows the past decade but this was glorious. Three guitars, harmonies and alternating vocals. They were SO into it, nice to see a band that's not worn out or jaded yet. Before first encore the only place for them to go was outside (no backstage), where there were apocalyptic thunderstorms. They said it was "beautiful" but they'll just go ahead and get back to playing.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 3 May 2018 05:28 (six months ago) Permalink

Nice! I'm going next week in Brooklyn. I can't wait.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 May 2018 23:11 (six months ago) Permalink

They were so great. This band is ridiculously good.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 13 May 2018 14:35 (six months ago) Permalink

New track last week

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK2usB-nCwc

Seeing them in London tonight, v glad to hear good things about the live shows.

woof, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 10:52 (five months ago) Permalink

Have fun! I think you'll enjoy the show. Air Conditioned Man is yet another excellent song. It takes a couple listenings to sink in, but if it's any indication, the album will be great.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:45 (five months ago) Permalink

I unfortunately missed their DC show. Kinda jaded about rock bands, but like this group

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 17:27 (five months ago) Permalink

"An Air Conditioned Man" is ridiculously compelling for some reason. Not sure I've ever before returned to a Youtube clip so many times in a week.

Maximum big surprise! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Saturday, 26 May 2018 07:20 (five months ago) Permalink

Yes they are very good.
Jnagle pop classic.

great guitarist too.

nostormo, Friday, 1 June 2018 15:09 (five months ago) Permalink

they have three great guitarists

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Friday, 1 June 2018 16:28 (five months ago) Permalink

https://www.subpop.com/news/2018/06/06/rolling_blackouts_coastal_fever_share_the_hammer_and_announce_us_tour_dates_hope_downs_out_next_week_on_sub_pop

So good and unpretentious.
The hooks,the melody,the guitars. Perfect.

nostormo, Friday, 8 June 2018 08:29 (five months ago) Permalink

The record is out and unsuprisingly it's great. AOTY as they say..

nostormo, Friday, 15 June 2018 06:34 (five months ago) Permalink

how can this band be so good

alpine static, Friday, 15 June 2018 06:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Yes..

The first e.p sounds like they've alredy been around for ages.

nostormo, Friday, 15 June 2018 06:39 (five months ago) Permalink

The album makes me think War on Drugs way more than Go Betweens and that wasn't the case with the earlier stuff.

gospodin simmel, Friday, 15 June 2018 16:52 (five months ago) Permalink

and better than WOD!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 15 June 2018 17:06 (five months ago) Permalink

I thought about WOD too. But RBCF are Better indeed. If only because they don't take themselves so seriously and don't suffer from pretentiousness.

nostormo, Friday, 15 June 2018 20:18 (five months ago) Permalink

These guys seem to have one too many band names in their band name(?)

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 15 June 2018 20:47 (five months ago) Permalink

first release was as Rolling Blackouts, but apparently an american band of the same name objected, so they added CF.

pissed i missed seeing them earlier this year. think i slightly prefer the first ep.

― mizzell, Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:26 AM (seven months ago)

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Friday, 15 June 2018 21:50 (five months ago) Permalink

They should’ve rebranded as the Rolling, I dunno, “Stones”

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 15 June 2018 22:43 (five months ago) Permalink

listening to the new one for the first time right now. initial thoughts: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - the best band since the smiths

dynamicinterface, Friday, 15 June 2018 23:14 (five months ago) Permalink

Saw them in Camden last month and had been really excited but it really put me off them tbh. Dunno whether it was a heaving venue full of aussie blokes, but they felt a bit boorish, there was no space in the music, they almost felt like a jam band, patiently taking turns for their solos. Was hoping for something elliptical, cryptic to them, but the Go Betweens influence seems pretty superficial.

This was very similar to my experience seeing them live earlier this year too. Everything bled over the top of everything else so that each song was practically indistinguishable. “No space in the music” is a great way to describe it. I kind of left it the show thinking “are we that desperate for a good indie rock band in 2018 that we’re salivating over THAT?”

Will give this a spin though.

triggercut, Friday, 15 June 2018 23:27 (five months ago) Permalink

LOL. Two things can be true. We are all desperate for a good indie rock band, and RBCF would be fantastic no matter when they came out.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 15 June 2018 23:29 (five months ago) Permalink

Really nice album, but two songs -"Talking Straight" and "Mainland" - are just 'amazing wowwow holy shit' good

bunny slopes, Saturday, 16 June 2018 02:24 (four months ago) Permalink

This strikes me as a very “Sub Pop” band/record.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 16 June 2018 04:21 (four months ago) Permalink

Surprised to be getting "Creation/Sarah/Subway/etc guitar bands circa 1987" sort of vibes from some of the new tracks.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 18 June 2018 05:22 (four months ago) Permalink

It sounds like a slightly peppier Real Estate.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Monday, 18 June 2018 23:16 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

this is really good. i also noticed the real estate chord struck. fanatical midtempoism and maybe guitar tone. also similar, even when a couple of songs are inevitably slight or underwritten, they just sound good. first 5 songs are cap g Great, little spotty after that but still some keepers particularly the closer.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 9 July 2018 18:06 (four months ago) Permalink

I came to the conclusion the e.p's were better

nostormo, Monday, 9 July 2018 18:11 (four months ago) Permalink

Same.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 July 2018 18:16 (four months ago) Permalink

Don't get me wrong though- the record is pretty great. But...

nostormo, Monday, 9 July 2018 18:18 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah EPs are better but they are still a great band and will make much more excellent music.

I wish Time In Common was longer. Definitely my favorite song on Hope Downs.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 01:19 (four months ago) Permalink

I like "Air-Conditioned Man" and the somewhat atypical "Cappuccino City" more than anything on the EPs. Such that I even bought a physical copy, which virtually never happens.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 07:27 (four months ago) Permalink

they felt a bit boorish, there was no space in the music...
Everything bled over the top of everything else so that each song was practically indistinguishable...“are we that desperate for a good indie rock band in 2018 that we’re salivating over THAT?

I'm excited to see supremely b***y comments like this, because I believe it means the band has arrived! They may not be making any magazine covers or headlining festivals within the year, but it's a start. I think the album is an improvement over the EPs. They are touring hard too, doing their second North American tour of the year this fall. When I saw them in April, the sound was crystal clear, plenty of separation. It was a small room with great acoustics. Perhaps the venues had shit sound? Or, since guitars have been so fashionable in pop and indie for a while, some brains aren't used to processing all the multiple tones snaking from three guitars?

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 15:15 (four months ago) Permalink

"Sisters Jeans" and "How Long?" just sit there. Often their sound is so attractive that I mistake it for songs. I listen to "Bellarine," "Talking Straight," and "Cappuccino City" all the time, though.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 July 2018 15:19 (four months ago) Permalink

i love sisters jeans! conversely, that's exactly how i feel about bellarine, which could've been a great song with a bit more work on it, but as it is is mostly raw materials

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:06 (four months ago) Permalink

I love Sisters Jeans and Bellarine. Conversely, that's how I feel about How Long and Cappuccino City.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:08 (four months ago) Permalink

clearly the takeaway here is there is something for everyone, and they ought to have done better with how long

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:11 (four months ago) Permalink

...and added a couple minutes to Time in Common.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:21 (four months ago) Permalink

you're not talking straight!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:23 (four months ago) Permalink

"There's fire in the west, I never did my best"

This lyrics ruin the song foe me

nostormo, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:03 (four months ago) Permalink

I only listen to songs 1-4,8,10 from the LP. Time in Common is thr best indeed. More post punk than pop. When they are less sugar-y they are beteer

nostormo, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:07 (four months ago) Permalink

Agreed re "How Long?". I'm increasingly skipping that now.

"Exclusive Grave"--the one track I haven't seen mentioned by name--is quite attractive. A rare instance where I can actually hear the Go-Betweens vibe alleged in most reviews.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 22:47 (four months ago) Permalink

Is that the one that sounds a bit like "Secondhand Furniture"?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 July 2018 22:58 (four months ago) Permalink

^ Something like that! Very much 1983-84 model GBs anyway.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 23:53 (four months ago) Permalink

This album's major flaw is ending with the two least good songs.

Dinsdale, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 05:40 (four months ago) Permalink

Not really. The Hammer (last song) is great.

nostormo, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:07 (four months ago) Permalink

+1

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:55 (four months ago) Permalink

It's good, yeah.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:56 (four months ago) Permalink

Also, Fran Keaney is the best songwriter out of the three

nostormo, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:49 (four months ago) Permalink

which is which?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:53 (four months ago) Permalink

they don't use credits, right?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:55 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah they don't use credits. Just based on youtube videos

nostormo, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 21:03 (four months ago) Permalink

..assuming the singer is also the songwriter

nostormo, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 21:06 (four months ago) Permalink

To the best of my knowledge:

Fran Keany sings Wither Where You, and sort of sounds like Robert Forster. On new one he sings Time in Common and Air Conditioned Man

Joe Russo sings my alltime favorite, Heard You’re Moving. On new one he sings Mainland and Sisters Jeans.

Joe White sings Wide Eyes. On new one he sings Talking Straight and Bellarine.

This is the first band since The White Stripes where I’ve even bothered learning the band members names

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 12 July 2018 04:28 (four months ago) Permalink

band's publicist sent me this:

An Air Conditioned Man – Fran
Talking Straight - Joe W
Mainland – Tom
Time in Common – Fran
Sister’s Jeans – Fran
Bellarine – Joe W
Cappuccino City - Tom
Exclusive Grave – Tom
How Long? – Joe W
The Hammer – Tom

alpine static, Thursday, 12 July 2018 04:30 (four months ago) Permalink

that's lead vocals, not songwriters

alpine static, Thursday, 12 July 2018 04:37 (four months ago) Permalink

Damn, they tricked me on the Sister's Jeans. And I confused the Russo brothers. White Stripes is easier to remember.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:49 (four months ago) Permalink

I think i read somewhere The Hammer is a Fran tune?!

nostormo, Thursday, 12 July 2018 13:00 (four months ago) Permalink

there is a lot of consistency in style, i wonder if that's just the group dynamic homogenizing or whether one of them does the bulk of the composition and maybe gives tunes to the others for lyrics/vocals

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 12 July 2018 13:08 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

No-one told me they dig Orange Juice! Bless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBFhBK3vzBQ

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 31 August 2018 13:39 (two months ago) Permalink

hey that's sweet

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 31 August 2018 22:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Took me a few listens to finally click with the album which is unusual as I've always took an instant shine to their songs. The album feels a tad overproduced imo

. (Michael B), Friday, 31 August 2018 23:50 (two months ago) Permalink


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