Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are thrilled to announce their debut album, “Hope Downs”! To coincide with this news, they’ve shared a new video and single, “Talking Straight.”
Fittingly recorded in a house in the middle of the Northern NSW bush, “Talking Straight” hits hard with its driving rhythm and melodic, interweaving guitars, while reflecting on the loneliness of being a small person in the big universe. In singer/songwriter/guitarist Joe White’s own words:
“The concept came about when I heard someone talking about the possibility of us, humans, being alone in the universe, and how sad that would be. The idea in this song is that we might be lonely, but we could be lonely together.”
“Talking Straight” marks the second release of new music from the band for 2018 and following up previous single “Mainland”. The two songs collectively show how, after a pair of buzz-building EPs, “Hope Downs” is truly that album that was promised.
The album title, taken from the name of a vast open cut mine in the middle of Australia, refers to the feeling of standing at the edge of the void of the big unknown, and finding something to hold on to. It’s a record that focuses on finding the bright spots at a time when cynicism all too often feels like the natural state. Rolling Blackouts C.F. are here to remind us to keep our feet on the ground—and “Hope Downs” is as delicious a taste of terra firma as you’re going to get from a rock band right now.