In anticipation of their new album ‘Hope Downs’, Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever tempt us with their fierce new track, ‘An Airconditioned Man’. The purveyors of guitar led pop have progressed in establishing their style and sound over the past year creating sweet tracks with hints of punk, country and passionate jangly pop that elicit warm memories of the Golden Age of Australian and New Zealand guitar bands.
“We started to let the songs go where they wanted to go,” says Keaney, depicting exactly that with the sprawling overture “An Air Conditioned Man”. The song introduces itself by weaving in and out of frame before it tells a tale of the slow-burning panic of a salaryman striving for an idealistic reality. “As the world around him gets faker and faker, he realises he’s getting further away from the idealism of his youth.”
Like a collection of postcards, we take a look into the lens of the band’s stories and perspectives. Skewed guitars, driving beats, and unforgivable lyrics are the base of this track as they discover a new voice and record about finding the bright spots at a time when cynicism all too often feels like the natural state.
Hope Downs is the sound of a band finding its own collective voice, this debut album is confident and self-assured with 10 blistering buzz-building tracks.
Hope Downs is out Friday June 15 via Ivy League Records and available for pre-order here.