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Ivy League Records is absolutely thrilled to reveal ‘Mainland’ – the first taste of new music from renowned Melbourne outfit Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. The track received its worldwide premiere overnight on triple j’s Good Nights, and was followed by a succession of first-plays across a number of territories including BBC 6 Music (UK) and bFM (NZ).

Listen to ‘Mainland’ here

To coincide with the single release and add to their billings on recent festival announcements (Laneway Festival, Coachella, Shaky Knees) the band today also reveal a run of US, Canadian, UK and European tour dates, starting in the US in April before making their way through the UK and Europe throughout May and June.

Recorded in a secluded house in the Northern NSW wilderness, ‘Mainland’ marks the first taste of new music from the band since the release of their lauded 2017 EP The French Press. The EP landed on many ‘Best Of 2017’ lists, including The Guardian/The Observer ‘Hidden Gems’. Meanwhile, lead single ‘French Press’ was the sixth most played song on triple j in 2017, and made countless end-of-year lists including coming in at #10 on Rolling Stone’s Best Songs of 2017, while the band came in at #13 in Paste Magazine’s Best New Artists.

‘Mainland’ boasts the same urgency as tracks like ‘Clean Slate’ and ‘Sick Bug’ that helped bring the band to the attention of punters and won them critical acclaim. Inspired by a 2017 trip to his grandparent’s birthplace of the Aeolian Islands off Sicily, singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Russo describes how the track came together.

“I was reading about a refugee crisis unfolding not far away in the Mediterranean Sea. The song is about longing, disillusionment, privilege and holding on to love as a kind of shield.”

With their penchant for hooky guitars and undeniable melodies, married with lyrics that are intelligent and wide-eyed with an unmistakably Australian dry wit, Rolling Blackouts C.F. have undeniably carved out a unique place in the musical landscape both locally and further afield.  

Making waves internationally – they have inked a deal with iconic US label Sub Pop at the start of last year and received high-rotation airplay on UK tastemaker BBC6 – the band spent much of 2017 on the road, including multiple sold out shows on their first ever European tour.

The will band kick off 2018 in much the same way, heading out as part of the massive Laneway Festival this February. With a huge run of shows and more new music on the horizon, Rolling Blackouts C.F. show no signs of slowing down in 2018.

LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2018
Tickets available here

27 January | The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay | Singapore
29 January | Albert Park Precinct, Auckland
2 Feburary | Hart’s Mill | Adelaide
3 February | Footscray Community Arts Centre And The River’s Edg | Melbourne
4 February | Sydney College Of The Arts And Callan Park | Sydney
10 February | Brisbane Showgrounds | Brisbane
11 February | Esplanade Reserve And West End | Fremantle

UPCOMING US & CANADIAN TOUR DATES

Date TBC – Coachella
24 April – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
25 April – The Crocodile, Seattle WA
27 April – Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT
28 April – Larimer Lounge, Denver CO
30 April– 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN
2 May – Schubas Tavern, Chicago IL
3 May – The Basement, Nashville TN
4 May – Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
5 May – Local 506, Chapel Hill NC
6 May – DC9, Washington DC
8 May – The Garrison, Toronto ON
10 May – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
11 May – Great Scott, Allston MA
12 May – Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY

UPCOMING UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

18 May– Rescue Rooms, Nottingham UK
20 May – CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow UK
21 May – Gorilla, Manchester UK
22 May – Electric Ballroom, London UK
24 May – Point Ephemere, Paris FR
26 May – London Calling, Amsterdam NL
28 May – Molotow, Hamburg GER
29 May – Lido, Berlin GE
31 May – AB Club, Brussels BEL

‘MAINLAND’ IS OUT NOW VIA IVY LEAGUE RECORDS
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND STREAMING HERE

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