We were met with some pretty exciting news in recent days as one of Melbourne’s rising rock acts, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, made an impressive career move and signed a worldwide deal with none other than iconic label Sub Pop Records – that is, the one that made its bones back in the day by signing some bands you may have heard of, namely Nirvana and Soundgarden, with a host of other massive names under their belt in the years since.
The move is quite a big deal (literally) for R.B.C.F., as they become just the third Aussie band to get the nod, taking their place alongside the likes of Father John Misty, Beach House and Mogwai. The signing comes swiftly off the back of their debut EP earlier this year, Talk Tight, a confident and emergence that thrust them firmly into the conversation of this year’s most buzzed bands.
Sub Pop haven’t made a habit of picking up too many Aussies to date; they only signed their first Australian act as recently as 2012, with Melbourne quartet Husky earning that honour, and it took a few more years before following them up last year with Sydney garage-pop trio Bloods. For Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, it’s a significant notch on their bedpost in a year that has already seen them named to play Sugar Mountain Festival and earned them main support duties for Chicago act Whitney when they head to our shores for Laneway Festival.
R.B.C.F celebrated the signing by dropping their first release for their new label, the splendid ‘Julie’s Place’, taking the melancholic riff-lead guitar sound of Melbourne global. The celebrations continue as they head off on an East Coast tour early next month, dates below.
Fri 02 Dec – Curtin Bandroom (18+) Melbourne, VIC
W/ Suss C**ts, Tim Richmond Group, Doona Waves & DJ Laura Jean
Thu 08 Dec – Moonshine (18+) Manly, NSW
Fri 09 Dec – Union Hotel (18+) Sydney (FREE ENTRY)
W/ Bachelor Pad & Shearin’
Sat 21 Jan – Sugar Mountain Festival (18+) Melbourne, VIC
Laneway sideshows with Whitney:
Fri 27 Jan – Howler (18+) Melbourne, VIC
Thu 2 Feb – Oxford Art Factory (18+) Sydney, NSW