Here in Melbourne from where I write you there are so many bands that names are running out and that is possibly why this one decided for such a long and unique one. This quintet stands out not only for its name as well as for its quick growth, having their first EP released with Ivy League Records and their second with the one and only, SubPop Records.
It was actually not only until they recorded the first work that they realised they would have to change the name from “Rolling Blackout” to something else, and decided to add after some meetings the “Coastal Fever” that so well describes them and their origins.
With their first EP, “Talk Tight” edited last year they just redefined the Rough Pop genre adapting to the contemporaneous scene giving that typical “Punk” note that Australians are so famous for lately. Assuming themselves as such, “A Punk band trying to do Pop Songs” as said by their frontman. With musical influences from the “Go-Betweens” and a clear admiration for “Clash”. In this EP you can hear all the perfect coast line songs that one would have in the “Car” or “RoadTrip” playlist and just enjoy the rather “Punky” good vibes from songs like “Wither With You” or my personal favourite “Write Back”.
-What about the first album full-length:
“I’d like to go somewhere a bit sunny because I think that the sunlight is… that’s what we all sort of need to feel good. I don’t know if we’d be able to write the kind of album we’re trying to write in the depths of winter in Melbourne. I think we’d need to be somewhere where it’s a bit warmer.”
There is a noticeable deal of more anger and grim in this second EP which just proves the theory above cited by their frontman. This last EP was recorded during winter and the first one during summer and that was a great deal of inspiration that turned the musicality in a darker way. The guitar riffs got a way denser composition in this one compared to the first work which can contribute to this feeling of general sadness that was not present in the first album. However with the homonymous song “French Press” they nailed a complete hymn to what they represent as a band, with the perfect combination with the infinite guitar riffs combined with the voice in a more Indie/Punk vibe than Pop which probably is part of the reason of its popularity.
With the dates in their home city always selling out, they will soon depart to Europe and US for the Summer probably as well in search of inspiration. Who would wonder that we would be writing about Rough Punk Pop in 2017, and on top of it, it is a really good deal of good music these guys have been putting forward.