Posted: May 2, 2022 in MUSIC

Lead by the three guitar attack and vocals of songwriters Tom Russo, Joe White and Fran Keaney, the Melbourne five piece are to release their highly anticipated third album ‘Endless Rooms’.

Often compared to bands like R.E.M, The Strokes, The Smiths and The War on Drugs, Rolling Blackouts are much loved by BBC Radio 6 Music and have wowed fans at festivals all over the world including Coachella and Primavera Sound as well as headlining the UK’s Deer Shed festival in 2019.

Praise for their second album ‘Sideways to New Italy’, released on the legendary American record label Sub Pop

‘Masterful Guitar Pop’ – NME, ‘The guitar album of the year – romantic and exhilarating’ – MOJO

Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, which includes three singer/songwriter/guitarists, produced themselves for the first time for their third album. They call it, “Doing what we do best: chasing down songs in a room together.” Judging by the two songs released from it so far, that sounds about right.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever return in 2022 with “Endless Rooms“, the quintet’s third album. Described by the band — Fran Keaney, Joe White, Marcel Tussie and brothers Tom Russo and Joe Russo — as them “Doing what we do best: chasing down songs in a room together”, “Endless Rooms” stands as a testament to the collaborative spirit and live power of RBCF. While initial ideas were traded online during long spells spent separated by lockdowns, the album was truly born during small windows of freedom in which the band would decamp to a mud-brick house in the bush around two hours north of Melbourne built by the extended Russo family in the 1970s.

There, its 12 tracks took shape, informed to such an extent by the acoustics and ambience of the rambling lakeside house that they decided to record the album there. The house also features on the album cover. For the first time, the band self-produced the record (alongside engineer, collaborator and old friend, Matt Duffy), creating their most naturalistic and expansive document yet. The result is a collection of songs permeated by the spirit of the place; punctuated by field recordings of rain, fire, birds, and wind. “It’s almost an anti-concept album,” say the band. “The ‘endless rooms’ of the title reflects our love of creating worlds in our songs. We treat each of them as a bare room to be built up with infinite possibilities.”

Rolling Blackouts C.F.’s forthcoming album ‘Endless Rooms’ (out May 6th).

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