Photography by Rubin Utama©
Melbourne's Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's latest record The French Press is full of ethereal, hazy melancholy and repetitive melodies. Third Introduces...
"There's 5 of us, two Brothers Tom and Joe Russo, cousins Fran Keaney and Joe White, and our handsome drummer Marcel Tussie. We came together as RBCF on the back of a lot of time spent talking about songs, bedroom jams and pizza".
The War On Drugs Influence?
"Yeah I think that's fair. I'm certainly a fan of theirs. In terms of role models for melody I can't say I have one. I enjoy melody in all it's forms, from ad jingles to King Crimson riffs. Maybe there's some science to it? I'd rather not know, I just get through listening and enjoying the melodies I like".
"People have been singing all the words to French Press lately. The first time that happened I took a lot of joy in watching Tom's eyes wide with suprise, just trying to keep it together".
The DMA's 3 Questions
A good title for a book about your life story so far would be...?
How to make a coffee with a guitar in your hand...the many benefits of the the guitar strap.
What's the best line from the movie The Castle?
Daryl: "l mean, they're judging the place by what it looks like, and if it doesn't have a pool or a classy front or a big garden" // Dennis: "lt's got a pretty good gate".
Which would you choose? Stones or Beatles; Pixies or Nirvana; Oasis or Blur?
Beatles, Pixies, Oasis.
The band name is terrible, but the music is worth listening to. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's latest effort The French Press is nostalgic, wistful and sunlit. This band has a gift for finding just the right textures for their songs. At their best, every layer of sound is sumptuous in its own way. At worst, you could say they rip-off The War On Drugs...
This new record is a blissed-out, classic-rock ramble, the type of thing that will give many of us flashbacks to the 80's. But while there’s certainly a radio-friendly sheen on these songs, it’s also an expansive and spacey piece of work. And compared to Talk Tight, it feels like a more direct, dry-souding and focused record, more to the point. It has more beef.
So there is an improvement, in both the way they have been recorded the songs (more pro?) and the structures of them. Talking to the band, they want to make us think that they don't overthink their music, that they are influenced by whatever and are not taking it very seriously. But it doesn't sound like all this.
It sounds like a more focused and confident band than one year ago, when they released Talk Tight. The band tries to come up with an answer "we spent a lot more time scrutinizing and perfecting these recordings and that might just be because they needed it or because our standards shifted, hard to say". Hard to say indeed.