Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have shared the video for “Sister’s Jeans,” off their debut album Hope Downs, out now through Sub Pop Records. The video comes just as the band wraps their U.S. tour and before they start their world tour.
The video for “Sister’s Jeans” is steeped in that world, if only in a roundabout way. There’s a bus, there’s bored-looking people on it. It’s a Greyhound, not quite a tour bus, and the people are seemingly just pedestrians, not rock stars, but the focus is on the feelings of cyclicality and exhaustion that come with living on the highway strip.
The video is rendered in grainy, 35mm film, which feels just about right for the type of music RBCF make. It’s guitar pop, to be sure, but it’s a warm, kinetic kind of pop, based in the jangly tradition of American college-rock bands like R.E.M. and The Feelies, as well as the storied history of Aussie pop, the most obvious forebear being The Go-Betweens.
“Sister’s Jeans” finds the band reveling in their favorite tricks. They utilize their multi-guitar assault to make densely knotted walls of sound, with errant riffs fluttering out of the reverb-heavy mix like butterflies. The lyrics are equally dense and inscrutable. “The song is a platonic love song,” singer Fran Keaney said in a statement. “It offers no answers. Just says, ‘Hi, I see you.’”
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever will be embarking on their world tour for the remainder of this month—find those dates further down.
Watch the video for “Sister’s Jeans” below.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Tour Dates:
27 – Brisbane, Australia @ Brisbane Festival
28 – Sydney, Australia @ Factory Theatre – SOLD OUT
29 – Wollongong, Australia @ Yours & Owls – SOLD OUT
05 – Perth, Australia @ Rosemount
06 – Adelaide, Australia @ Jive Bar – SOLD OUT
12 – Geelong, Australia @ Workers Club
13 – Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel – SOLD OUT
14 – Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel – SOLD OUT
18 – Cardiff, U.K. @ swm Festival
19 – Manchester, U.K @ Manchester Academy 2
20 – Bristol, U.K @ Simple Things Festival
21 – Leeds, U.K @ Stylus
23 – Brighton, U.K @ Concorde 2
24 – Portsmouth, U.K @ Wedgwood Rooms
25 – Oxford, U.K @ 02 Academy
26 – Bilbao, Spain @ BIME Live
27 – Bilbao, Spain @ BIME Live
29 – London, U.K. @ Koko
31 – Nantes, France @ Festival Soy
01 – Paris, France @ Pitchfork Festival Paris
02 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
03 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso Noord
04 – Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje
07 – Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
08 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Nalen
09 – Lund, Sweden @ Mejeriet
10 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Sorte Firkant Festival
12 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
13 – Cologne, Germany @ MTC
17 – Canberra, Australia @ Spilt Milk Festival, Commonwealth Park
30 – Berry Showgrounds, Australia @ Fairgrounds Festival
31 – Perth, Australia @ Origin Fields