Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

The Echo & Goldenvoice Present

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Jess Cornelius, Golden Daze

Tue April 17, 2018

8:30 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

This event is 18 and over

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
In early 2016, the release of Talk Tight put Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever on the map with glowing reviews from SPIN, Stereogum, and Pitchfork, praising them as stand-outs even among the fertile landcape of Melbourne music. Chock full of snappy riffs, spritely drumming and quick- witted wordplay, Talk Tight was praised "for the precision of their melodies, the streamlined sophistication of their arrangements, and the undercurrent of melancholy that motivates every note." (Pitchfork)

Born from late night jam sessions in singer/guitarist Fran Keaney's bedroom and honed in the thrumming confines of Melbourne's live music venues, the band began to take shape as audiences got moving. Sharing tastes and songwriting duties, cousins Joe White and Fran Keaney, brothers Tom and Joe Russo, and drummer Marcel Tussie started out with softer, melody-focused songs. The more shows they played, the more those driving rhythms that now trademark their songs emerged. Since then, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever rode that wave from strength to strength. Touring around the country on headline bills and festival slots all the way to BIGSOUND, they entrenched themselves with their thrilling live shows. Meanwhile, they were prepping their next release.

The French Press EP levels up on everything that made Talk Tight such an immediate draw. Multi- tracked melodies which curl around one another, charging drums and addictive bass lines converge to give each track its driving momentum. Honed through their live shows, this relentless energy carries the record through new chapters in the band's Australian storybook.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's songs have always had all the page-turning qualities of a good yarn and The French Press EP is no different. Somewhere between impressionists and fabulists, lyricists Fran Keaney, Tom Russo and Joe White often start with something rooted in real life -- the melancholy of travel on 'French Press,' having a hopeless crush on 'Julie's Place' -- before building them into clever, quick vignettes. The result is lines blurred between fiction and reality -- vibrant stories which get closer at a particular truth than either could alone.

On 'French Press,' it's a Skype call between two brothers -- one gallivanting overseas, the other sitting in tedious comfort in some air-conditioned office. The freedom of one, having cast off physical and emotional ties and wrestling with liberation versus feeling lost, versus the grim routine -- but also security -- of the latter, all pivoting on a series of double meanings: The journalistic French press versus the coffee pot which symbolizes drab office culture, the disconnect people crave in escaping their homes versus the disconnect from everything they knew and cared about. And finally, the disconnect of a Skype call over a shoddy internet connection.

On first single 'Julie's Place,' it's being young and dumb but full of bravado. It follows a lovesick narrator at a house party out in the country, as afternoon turns to night. Sprinting guitars mimic singer Fran Keaney's pangs of heartache, his awkwardly sensual lyrics calling to mind the chaos and confusion of being around someone you can't get off your mind.

'Fountain of Good Fortune' attacks selfishness, myopia, being content with living well even though everybody around you is doing it tough. It's a sentiment familiar to anyone living in the shadow of Boomer Australia, where a desperate middle class elected two conservative governments in a row.

Blending critical insight and literate love songs, The French Press EP cements Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever as one of Australia's smartest working bands.
Jess Cornelius
Jess Cornelius
New-Zealand born musician Jess Cornelius is best known for her work as Teeth & Tongue, a Melbourne-based project with Cornelius as the singer and songwriter at its core. Cornelius has released a total of four critically-acclaimed albums with Teeth & Tongue, including last year’s Give Up On Your Health (2016). She recently launched her eponymous solo career with her debut EP, Nothing Is Lost (2017).
Recorded in single takes on Christmas day, the ‘Nothing Is Lost’ EP is a marked departure from Cornelius’s heavily-layered albums, and uses only electric guitar, voice, bass and floor tom to create sublime, minimalist garage-folk.
The first single ‘Jealousy’ premiered on NYLON, and the second single, ‘Love and Low Self Esteem' was named one of Australia’s best releases of 2017 by RRR's Simon Winkler in Tone Deaf magazine.
Now based in LA, Cornelius has supported Courtney Barnett, Vance Joy, J.Mascis, Laura Marling and Paul Kelly on tours across the US and Australia, and has performed at Meredith Music Festival, Laneway Festival, Falls Festival, SXSW, CMJ, MONA and Perth International Arts Festival. She was nominated for a J-Award in 2016, and five The Age Victorian Music Awards across 2014-16.
“The soul-baring tune is a vast departure from the fast-paced tracks previously heard on Teeth & Tongue records. Cornelius steps into her own and makes her powerful voice the focal point of the raw earworm.” - NYLON
'Nothing is Lost’ is out now on Dot Dash / Remote Control.
Teeth & Tongue's 2016 album ‘Give Up On Your Health’ is out through Remote Control in Australia and Dot Dash/Captured Tracks in North America.
Golden Daze
Golden Daze
Golden Daze; LA based band; Ben Schwab/Jacob Loeb;
Forthcoming full length debut to be released on Autumn Tone Records.

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