May 12, 2019

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever @ Manning Bar

In a short space of time Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have proven themselves to be one of the finest bands that Australia have to offer. A sold out Manning Bar on Friday night proved that. Close to a year since their excellent debut album in 'Hope Downs' was released the songs have become dear to the hearts of all their fans. We heard all of that plus old favourites from their first EP. One of those songs in 'Julie's Place' opened the night and it was a great opener indeed. The band were in fine form, chiming and rollicking guitars bouncing off each other to create a lush and fervent sound. This band are super talented, containing great guitarists that continually push the sound forward and onward and upward. Three lead vocalists add to the variety of the sound, with each singer adding a different layer to the sounds of the songs. It was a great night with highlights for being 'Sister's Jeans' and 'Taling Straight'. One downside of the night though was the presence of so many 'bros'. You know the type. Bullish men that are passively aggressive, taking over the space around them. It can be a bit disconcerting, especially to those in close proximity. A rolling mosh pit even broke out which all seemed a bit unnecessary for a band of this type. It all seems a pity on what was otherwise a great night.

Set List
Julie's Place
Clean Slate
The Hammer
Time in Common
Sister's Jeans
Read My Mind
Sick Bug
An Air Conditioned Man
Exclusive Grave
Big Fence
In the Capital
Talking Straight
Fountain of Good Fortune
French Press

Orinoco Flow (Enya cover)


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