Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Dot Dash

Sun May 6

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is all ages

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

With their debut 2015 EP, Talk Tight, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever proved to be one of those special bands that arrives seemingly out of nowhere with a fully realized aesthetic. No tentative baby steps or half-formed experiments for this lot; Talk Tight exuded confidence and purpose, yielding five propulsive, jangly pop gems that felt instantly familiar. And its appeal was cross-generational. If you were raised on ’80s college rock, you could revel in nostalgic nods to the Feelies, the Clean, the Go-Betweens, and countless other Velvets revisionists. Younger fans could hear the sort of band the Strokes might have turned into had they aged more gracefully, or imagine what Real Estate might sound like after downing a case of Red Bull.

But while working from an old, dog-eared indie rock blueprint, the Melbourne band take great delight in redrafting the lines. With three distinctive singer-guitarists—Tom Russo, Fran Keaney, and Joe White—at the helm, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever don’t operate so much like a traditional rock band as an improv theater troupe riffing on a pre-established theme. The locomotive rhythm may be locked in, but each member is free to ride it wherever they please. A Rolling Blackouts song rarely retraces its steps, often eschewing standard verse/chorus/verse structure for a parade of changing melodic motifs that are passed around the singers like hot potatoes. In the case of Talk Tight highlights like “Clean Slate,” that meant you essentially got three great songs for the price of one.

It’s a trick that (the now abbreviated) Rolling Blackouts C.F. still pull off with great aplomb on follow-up EP The French Press. Its six songs shine just as bright as those on Talk Tight, but they cast longer, darker shadows. You can sense the subtle change in temperament within the first 30 seconds of “French Press,” where the band work a taut motorik build reminiscent of Broken Social Scene’s anxious anthem “Cause = Time.” Taking full advantage of their Forster/McLennan-style dynamic, Russo and Keaney play the roles of brothers—one traveling abroad, the other stuck at a miserable desk job—as they try to converse over a patchy Skype connection. But as the song’s incessant forward motion intensifies, the technological divide comes to symbolize the emotional one at the core of their relationship: “Brother don’t you know,” Russo sings, “that jealousy’s a curse, and what’s worse is the silence/Strange… you’re moving out of range.”
Dot Dash - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Dot Dash
Searchlights, the new album from Dot Dash, is out now on The Beautiful Music. It’s the Washington D.C.-based band’s fifth album in less than five years, all of them released by Ottawa-based The Beautiful Music, and marks the label’s 36th release. Recorded over a weekend at North Carolina’s Fidelitorium Studios and produced by Missy Thangs (Ex Hex, Ian McLagan), the 15-track Searchlights is Dot Dash’s most varied, expansive album yet.

While the quartet’s combination of adroitly poppy melodies with an often visceral instrumental attack (drawing comparisons to The Jam, Big Star, and The Replacements along the way) remains undiminished, Searchlights reaches further – comprising a broader range of musical dynamics than previous Dot Dash albums.

On the live front, Dot Dash has played recent shows with The B-52s, Tommy Keene, The Fleshtones, Ash, and Chris Stamey, among many others, and “Flowers” from the band’s 2015 album, Earthquakes & Tidal Waves, was recently included in the soundtrack of IFC-TV comedy Benders.
Venue Information:
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001