Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “Talking Straight” Video

Australian rockers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever garnered a steady bit of buzz over the course of the last two years thanks to initial releases such as their 2016 mini-album Talk Tight and their debut EP for Sub Pop, last year’s The French Press. Back in January, they reappeared with a new song “Mainland,” and it turns out that was a prelude to their official full-length debut. The album is called Hope Downs and it’s out in June.

Along with the announcement, the group has shared another single called “Talking Straight.” Here’s what songwriter/guitarist Joe White had to say about the track:

The concept came about when I heard someone talking about the possibility of us, humans, being alone in the universe, and how sad that would be. The idea in this song is that we might be lonely, but we could be lonely together.

“Talking Straight” is another sun-fried yet gleaming rock song of the type we’ve come to expect from Rolling Blackouts C.F. — with jangling guitars cascading over a gently rollicking rhythm, it almost feels like ’80s college rock that was filtered through ’90s Britpop. The new song also comes with a video directed by Matt Sav, in which a few images recur around the anchor of the band performing in a room with a ton of mirrorballs hanging around them. Check it out below.

TRACKLIST:
01 “An Air Conditioned Man”
02 “Talking Straight”
03 “Mainland”
04 “Time In Common”
05 “Sister’s Jeans”
06 “Bellarine”
07 “Cappuccino City”
08 “Exclusive Grave”
09 “How Long?”
10 “The Hammer”

TOUR DATES:
04/13-04/15 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
04/20-04/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04/24 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
04/25 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
04/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
04/28 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
04/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
05/02 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
05/03 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement
05/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/05 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
05/06 – Washington, DC @ DC9
05/08 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
05/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
05/11 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
05/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (2 shows)
05/17 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival
05/18 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
05/20 – Glasgow, UK @ CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts
05/21 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
05/22 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
05/24 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
05/26 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling at Paradiso
05/27 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
05/28 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
05/29 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
05/31 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
06/03 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/05 – St. Albans, UK @ The Horn
06/06 – Birmingham, UK @ The Hare & Hounds
06/07 – Guildford, UK @ Boileroom
06/08 – Porto, PT @ Primavera Porto
08/11 – Rees-Haldern, DE @ Haldern Pop Festival
08/16 – Trondheim, NO @ Pstereo Festival
08/17 – Bigginghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival
08/18 – Kiewit, BE @ Pukklepop Festival
08/19 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival

Hope Downs is out 6/15 via Sub Pop. Pre-order it here.

Rolling Blackouts C.F.
CREDIT: Warwick Baker