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SOUNDS LIKE: Nostalgia-inducing Aussie guitar pop played with propulsion and purpose.
FOR FANS OF: The Go-Betweens, Dick Diver, the Ocean Party.
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: The Melbourne five-piece boast three singer-songwriters who alternate lead vocal duties: Fran Keaney, his cousin Joe White and Tom Russo (bassist Joe Russo and drummer Marcel Tussie complete the unit). Keaney, White and Russo had played together in various acts over the years, before settling on their current monicker and adding the rhythm section. With a more fully-formed sound ("We've always played with a bit of a country twang and a bit of a punk edge and a mid-Eighties English pop influence, but we were able to articulate our vision a little better after a bit of life experience," says Keaney), the band's 2015 EP Talk Tight gained a stellar review from online music bible Pitchfork and a coveted record deal with Sub Pop. Latest EP The French Press, released March 10th, arrives as the band continue to write and demo for their debut album, due early 2018.
THEY SAY: "The plan was to just play here and there, record here and there and make songs that we were happy with," says Keaney. "People seemed to enjoy what we were playing, which is great, and that culminated in getting a record deal which we had never anticipated happening. It was a surprise for us, but we thought, 'Oh well, let's have a good go at it.' So we're at that stage at the moment where we're taking it more seriously, but at the same time trying to preserve what was always there. We came at it with the right spirit, which was just to write songs we enjoyed playing in a band together."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: "Fountain of Good Fortune", from The French Press EP, which sounds like an Australian coast-to-coast road trip with your best friend: both intimate and expansive.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever The French Press Tour
Saturday, April 22nd: Newtown Social Club, Sydney
Friday, April 28th: Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Saturday, April 29th: The Great Northern, Byron Bay
Sunday, April 30th: Shark Bar, Gold Coast
Friday, May 12th: The Tote, Melbourne