Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
OriginMelbourne, Australia
Years active2013-present
LabelsIvy League, Sub Pop
MembersFran Keaney (vocals, acoustic guitar)
Tom Russo (vocals, guitar)
Joe White (vocals, lead guitar)
Joe Russo (bass)
Marcel Tussie (drums)

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, also sometimes known as Rolling Blackouts C.F., is an Australian indie rock band. It was formed in Melbourne in 2013 by singer-guitarists Fran Keaney, Tom Russo & Joe White. The band's five members are Keaney, his cousin Joe White, Tom Russo, his brother Joe Russo (bass guitar), and Marcel Tussie (drums).[1][2] Their debut EP, Talk Tight, was released in 2016 on Ivy League Records.[3] It was followed by their second EP, the French Press, which was mixed by Doug Boehm and released in 2017 on Sub Pop Records.[4] They performed at the St Jerome's Laneway Festival on 29 January 2018,[5] and their debut full-length album, Hope Downs, was released on 15 June 2018 on Sub Pop.[6]


Robert Christgau gave Talk Tight an A grade, writing that "If you like the [guitar] effect—and why not, it's beautiful—you'll gravitate to it on sound alone. But what I'm loving at least as much is lyrics that suit the bright white male culture the sound implies." He also compared the band's sound to that of the Go-Betweens, a comparison that has also been made by critics like Stephen Deusner.[7][8] The band has also been aligned with Melbourne's dolewave scene.[9][10]

According to Metacritic, The French Press has a score of 81 out of 100, based on 4 reviews, indicating that it has received "universal acclaim" from critics.[4] One favorable review of the EP was written by Pitchfork Media's Stuart Berman, who gave it an 8.1/10 rating, writing that the French Press "shines just as bright as their last EP [Talk Tight], but the songs cast darker shadows."[11] In a more mixed review, Landon MacDonald of PopMatters gave the EP a 5 out of 10 rating, writing that "Ultimately, this record is for indie rock fans alone and can’t stretch past the borders of the genre."[12]


  • Talk Tight (Ivy League EP, 2016)
  • The French Press (Sub Pop EP, 2017)
  • Hope Downs (Sub Pop, 2018) No. 24 AUS[13]


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  2. ^ Records, Sub Pop. "Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever". Sub Pop Records. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  3. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (21 March 2016). "Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Talk Tight Album Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b "The French Press [EP] by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Laneway Festival confirms full line-up an entire day early". NZ Herald. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever announce debut album, Hope Downs, share "Talking Straight" video: Watch". Consequence of Sound. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (15 September 2017). "Robert Christgau on Some Bright Australians and an Indie-Rocker's Upswing". Noisey. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  8. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (21 March 2016). "Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Talk Tight Album Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Best New Music: Odette, Aminé, Aurora, Remi, Haiku Hands" (23 April 2018), Triple J. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  10. ^ Condon, Dan (18 June 2018). "Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs", Double J. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: The French Press Album Review". Pitchfork Media. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  12. ^ MacDonald, Landon (8 May 2017). "Rolling Blackouts C.F.: French Press EP". PopMatters. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  13. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2018.

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