Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Return With New Single, "Mainland"

It's their first new music since acclaimed 2017 EP The French Press

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Return With New Single, "Mainland"

Melbourne, Australia indie rockers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have resurfaced to share their first new material of 2018 in “Mainland.” A press release teases “a big year for the Sub Pop-signed five-piece”—that and “Mainland” alike are music to our ears.

The sunny, yet somber song was inspired by singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Russo’s 2017 trip to his grandparents’ birthplace: the Aeolian Islands off Sicily. “I was reading about a refugee crisis unfolding not far away in the Mediterranean Sea,” recalls Russo. “The song is about longing, disillusionment, privilege and holding on to love as a kind of shield.”

“Mainland” is the first new song from Rolling Blackouts C.F. since their acclaimed spring 2017 EP The French Press—shortly after that EP’s release, we highlighted the band as The Best of What’s Next, and its title track later landed on our list of 2017’s best songs. Russo and company recorded their new single in a secluded house in Australia’s Northern New South Wales wilderness.

Rolling Blackouts C.F. have a number of noteworthy tour dates on their 2018 slate, including sets at Coachella and Shaky Knees, as well as overseas fest Laneway. The band’s world tour slate will take them through North America, the U.K. and Europe surrounding their festival stops.

Listen to “Mainland” below, and find Rolling Blackouts C.F.’s 2018 tour dates further down.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Tour Dates:

January
27 – Singapore @ St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
29 – Auckland, New Zealand @ St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

February
02 – Adelaide, Australia @ St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
03 – Melbourne, Australia @ St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
04 – Sydney, Australia @ St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
10 – Brisbane, Australia @ St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
11 – Fremantle, Australia @ St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

April
13-15 – Indio, Calif. @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
20-22 – Indio, Calif. @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
24 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge
25 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Crocodile
27 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Kilby Court
28 – Denver, Colo. @ Larimer Lounge
30 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ 7th Street Entry

May
02 – Chicago, Ill. @ Schubas Tavern
03 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement
04 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Shaky Knees Festival
05 – Chapel Hill, N.C. @ Local 506
06 – Washington, D.C. @ DC9
08 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Garrison
10 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brenda’s
11 – Allston, Mass. @ Great Scott
12 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Rough Trade
18 – Nottingham, U.K. @ Rescue Rooms
20 – Glasgow, U.K. @ CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts
21 – Manchester, U.K. @ Gorilla
22 – London, U.K. @ Electric Ballroom
24 – Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
26 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ London Calling
28 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
29 – Berlin, Germany @ Lido
31 – Brussels, Belgium @ AB Club

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