Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
15th March 2021
Tickets on sale Friday June 5th at 9am
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER ANNOUNCE 2021 UK & IRELAND TOUR DATES
NEW ALBUM, SIDEWAYS TO NEW ITALY, OUT JUNE 5th
Early praise for Sideways To New Italy:"
Their first classic songs." - Uncut, 9/10
★★★★ - MOJO
"These are songs that, on first listen, sound like recognisably RBCF-esque tracks — you think you get it. Then, sure enough, the melodies worm their way deeper into your head, you notice little nuances, and the songs prove themselves to be more enduring and bulletproof than you could’ve previously imagined." - Stereogum
With their hugely anticipated second album, Sideways To New Italy, out next week (June 5th) on Sub Pop, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are thrilled to announce a big run of UK and Ireland tour dates for March 2021, including their biggest ever headline UK show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on March 5th. Main support on all dates [excluding Dublin] comes from the hotly-tipped Dutch quartet Pip Blom. Please find a full UK/IE touring itinerary further below.
Sideways To New Italy is a stunning return for the five-piece - led by singer-songwriter-guitarists Tom Russo, Joe White and Fran Keaney, and rounded out by bassist Joe Russo and drummer Marcel Tussie - following their internationally acclaimed debut album, Hope Downs (2018).
Following the album's widely lauded first two singles 'Cars in Space' and 'She's There', RBCF recently shared a third taster of the record, 'Falling Thunder', which finds them at the peak of their powers: a swirling, mesmeric pop song that perfectly evokes the timeless nature of Sideways To New Italy - a record that's universal yet threaded through with personal histories, born of dislocation but with a distinct geographic identity.
Speaking to The Fader, Tom Russo explains it's "about pushing on through the relentless march of time, against the constant cycle of seasons. And the way people change and relationships change. It’s set in that time when autumn is turning into winter and the trees are getting bare."
It comes accompanied by a video shot by Jamieson Moore and comprised of holiday footage from Sicily, Sardinia and the Aeolian Islands, the ancestral homeland of the Russo Brothers. As Tom elaborates:
"Our friend Jamieson Moore shot the footage of Sicily, Sardinia and the Aeolian Islands on her phone while on vacation last year. The Aeolian Islands is also where my and Joe Russo's ancestors are from. We were also planning to shoot the band playing in Eolian Hall in Melbourne (it’s a community hall founded by Aeolian immigrants). We got some practice footage but by the time it came to shoot the band, we were on lockdown. So it’s turned out as a kind of a love letter to a particular place."
Revisit the video for ‘Falling Thunder' here: https://youtu.be/HCSUQfyn53k
In keeping with the praise heaped on Hope Downs, the singles drawn from Sideways To New Italy have been glowingly received. 'Cars in Space' reached the A-list on BBC 6Music while 'She's There' was debuted by Clara Amfo on BBC Radio 1, alongside support from The Guardian, NME, Pitchfork, Uncut, The I, Rolling Stone, MOJO, DIY, Stereogum, Clash, The Line of Best Fit, So Young, Dork and more.