It doesn’t happen too often but now and then you just get one of those bands who have a knack for a ditty; a persistently sweet and catchy hook that creates the perfect songs. Rolling Blackouts CF are such a band. They already created the perfect surf-pop song in 2016 with ‘Julie’s Place’, later released on 2017’s brilliant French Press EP. A jangling, laying on the top of your car bonnet piece of surf-pop perfection. So perfect it kicked surf-rock contemporaries like Surfer Blood and The Drums right into touch.
And now? Well, they’ve bested it haven’t they. Or matched it at least. Latest track and the cornerstone of Hope Downs, ‘Talking Straight’ is absurdly, inconceivably perfect. The understated assurance of this whole debut LP is incredible in fact. But then again, when you’ve had a universal buzz-party over both previous EP’s (2016’s Talk Tight being the other) why wouldn’t you feel assured?
No writer likes to overstate a band’s importance – or prowess at least – but Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are absolutely the real deal and Hope Downs is the long overdue introduction to the big time.
While they last, Hope Downs is available on limited ‘Loser Edition’ marbled blue vinyl.
Released: May 2018
Label: Sub Pop
Tracklist1. An Air Conditioned Man
2. Talking Straight
4. Time in Common
5. Sister's Jeans
7. Cappuccino City
8. Exclusive Grave
9. How Long?
10. The Hamme