Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are a soft punk / tough pop group.
Influenced by Scandinavian post office pop and golden age Australian guitar music, they sing about unintended solo holidays, and teenage girls leaving home for the bright lights of Movie World.
The band was 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. 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.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s songs have always had all the page-turning qualities of a good yarn and 'The French Press' is no different. Somewhere between impressionists and fabulists, lyricists Fran Keaney, Tom Russo and Joe White often start with something rooted in real life 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.
Blending critical insight and literate love songs, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever is one of Australia’s smartest working bands.