Forever evolving and reshaping Australian guitar pop into a force of their own, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever return with a triumphant sophomore album following their internationally acclaimed debut, Hope Downs (2018).
After enough time away from home, even the familiar starts to feel foreign. For guitar-pop five-piece Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, returning to Melbourne after long stretches looking out at the world through the windows of airplanes and tour vans lead to dislocation, like being the knot in the middle of a game of tug-o-war. Their second record, Sideways to New Italy (Sub Pop), sees the band interrogate their individual pasts and the places that inform them. In clicking the scattered pieces back into place, they have crafted for themselves a new totem of home to carry with them no matter where they end up.
"Australian guitar ninjas Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever made a near-perfect indie-rock gem with 2018's Hope Downs. They worked their own little sliver of history beautifully, essentially the airily melodic song poetry of the Go-Betweens or if they had R.E.M.'s melodic-but-driving rhythm section, or the twisty guitar weaves of Television or the Feelies, smoothed out and sped up with a power-pop gloss. Now, they're back with a new LP, Sideways to New Italy. They've already released one song from the album, 'Cars in Space,' and now they've put out another, 'She's There.' It's pure guitar-mad elation." -Rolling Stone