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Just days away from the release of their highly-anticipated debut album Hope Downs – out Friday 15 June via Ivy League RecordsRolling Blackouts Coastal Fever today announce their biggest headline tour to date. The huge Hope Downs World Tour will see the Melbourne outfit traverse the globe across four months, playing to fans in Australia, the USA, Canada, the UK and Europe, and will include sets at Lowlands (Netherlands), Pukklepop (Belgium) and Green Man (UK), with more to be announced.

In celebration of the news, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have dropped a surprise cut from their album in the form of closing track, ‘The Hammer’, which follows stellar songs ‘Mainland’, ‘Talking Straight’ and ‘An Air Conditioned Man’.

The band will kick off the Australian leg of their world tour at Brisbane Festival on Thursday 27 September before playing to fans in Sydney, Wollongong, Perth, Adelaide and Geelong, finishing in their hometown of Melbourne on Saturday 13 October at the Corner Hotel. The tour will be the band’s first Australian shows since their sold-out ‘Mainland’ Tour in April. Tickets for the Australian shows go on sale at 10.00am this Friday 8 June. With sell out shows across their last tour, fans should act quickly to avoid disappointment.

It’s been an incredibly busy few months for Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Between taking out the coveted Levi’s Music Prize and being announced on this year’s Splendour in the Grass, the five-piece have filled their time touring across North America, the UK and Europe, playing sold out headline shows and performances at some of the world’s biggest music festivals including Coachella, The Great Escape, Primavera, Shaky Knees and more.

Current single ‘Talking Straight’ marks the second release of new music from the band for 2018 and is currently on rotation across the likes of triple j, Double J, FBi Radio and BBC 6 Music, as well as spins across BBC Radio 1, Triple R, 4ZZZ and more. Previous single ‘Mainland’ saw the band receive accolades from the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum and DIY Mag, as well as high rotation from triple j and community radio alike.

Their debut album Hope Downs was largely written over the past year in the band’s Melbourne rehearsal room, where their previous releases were also written and recorded. The core trio of songwriters – Fran Keaney, Joe White and Tom Russo – bunkered down and wrote as the chaos of the world outside unavoidably seeped into the songwriting process.

“We felt like we were in a moment where the sands were shifting and the world was getting a lot weirder. There was a general sense that things were coming apart at the seams and people around us were too,” Russo explains. “The songs on this album are like a collection of postcards about wider things that were going on, seen through the lens of these small characters.”

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.” Hope Downs possesses a robust full-band sound that’s all the more impressive considering the band’s studio avoidance tendencies. Fans of Talk Tight and The French Press certainly won’t be disappointed here.

‘Australia’s latest guitar-slingers uphold a rich Antipodean pop heritage… Hope Downs is where the heart is.’
★★★★ MOJO

‘It’s the kind of record I could have been listening to when I was 15 and still be playing now, timelines in its past and future reach.’ – 9/10 Uncut

ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER
UK & EUROPE
JUNE – AUGUST 2018

6 Jun The Hare & Hounds | Birmingham, UK
7 Jun Boileroom | Guildford, UK
8 Jun NOS Primavera Sound | Porto, POR
7 Aug Tape | Aarhus, DEN
8 Aug Pumpehuset | Copenhagen, DEN
10 Aug Sur Le Lac Festival | St Gallen, SWI
11 Aug Haldern Pop Festival | Rees Haldern, GER
13 Aug Milla | Munich, GER
14 Aug Rotondes | Luxembourg, LUX
16 Aug Pstereo | Trondheim, NOR
17 Aug Lowlands Festival | Biddinghuizen, NL
18 Aug Pukkelpop | Hasselt, BEL
19 Aug Green Man | Crickhowell, UK
21 Aug Whelans | Dublin, UK

ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER
HOPE DOWNS WORLD TOUR
AUGUST – NOVEMBER 2018

NORTH AMERICA

25 Aug Soda Bar | San Diego, USA
27 Aug Teragram |  Los Angeles, USA
28 Aug The Independent | San Francisco, USA
30 Aug Doug Fir | Portland, USA
31 Aug Fox Cabaret | Vancouver, CAN
1 Sep Bumbershoot | Seattle, USA
3 Sep Kilby Court | Salt Lake City, USA
5 Sep Larimer Lounge | Denver, USA
7 Sep Turf Club | Saint Paul (Minneapolis), USA
8 Sep Lincoln Hall | Chicago, USA
10 Sep El Club | Detroit, USA
11 Sep Horseshoe Tavern | Toronto, CAN
12 Sep Le Ministère | Montreal, CAN
13 Sep The Sinclair | Cambridge, USA
14 Sep Johnny Brenda’s | Philadelphia, USA
15 Sep Bowery Ballroom | New York City, USA
17 Sep The Black Cat | Washington D.C., USA

AUSTRALIA

27 Sep The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent (as part of Brisbane festival) | Brisbane, QLD | Tickets
28 Sep Factory Theatre | Sydney, NSW | Tickets
29-30 Sep Yours & Owls | Wollongong, NSW | SOLD OUT!
5 Oct Rosemount | Perth, WA | Tickets
6 Oct Jive Bar | Adelaide, SA | Tickets
12 Oct Workers Club | Geelong, VIC | Tickets
13 Oct Corner Hotel | Melbourne, VIC | Tickets

UK & EUROPE

19 Oct Manchester Academy 2 | Manchester, UK
20 Oct Bristol, UK
21 Oct Stylus | Leeds, UK
23 Oct Concorde 2 | Brighton, UK
24 Oct Wedgewood Rooms | Portsmouth, UK
25 Oct 02 Academy Oxford | Oxford, UK
29 Oct Koko | London, UK
3 Nov Paradiso Noord | Amsterdam, NL
4 Nov Doornroosje | Nijmegen, NL
7 Nov John Dee | Oslo, NOR
8 Nov Nalen | Stockholm, SWE
9 Nov Mejeriet | Lund, SWE
12 Nov Molotow | Hamburg, GER
13 Nov MTC | Cologne, GER

‘THE HAMMER’ IS OUT NOW VIA IVY LEAGUE RECORDS

HOPE DOWNS IS OUT FRIDAY 15 JUNE VIA IVY LEAGUE RECORDS
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE ON CD, DIGITALLY & ON ICE BLUE VINYL
(LIMITED LOSER EDITION LP – WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)

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