Monday, 5 November 2018

On Stage: Rolling Blackouts CF @ Paradiso Tolhuistuin



Melbourne band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever released their second album Hope Downs earlier this year and it is one of the most fun albums of the year. Their light summery garage rock is catchy and clever at the same time, while the band themselves are known for lively shows. Time to find out myself.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever at Paradiso Tolhuistuin Amsterdam, November 3 2018



The venue gets dark at the start of the show and disco balls turn on while we hear The Style Council's 'Shout To The Top'. It's a cheerful start of the night that is about to only get better. Because Rolling Blackouts CF turn out to be a wonderful and tight band that also pack plenty of musical talent. Their songs may just seem straightforward happy rock songs on the surface, but actually are really clever when you listen closely.



The group is effectively using the two electric and one acoustic guitar, resulting in nice melody lines that are playful. Combined with the tight rhythm section the music is very pleasant on the ears and sounds fresh and sparkling. The three guitar players, Fran Keaney, Tom Russo and Joe White, take turns at vocals and all three of them are actually quite good singers, which is pretty rare. Sometimes the guitars just keep on ringing, stretching the songs into never ending irresistible dance tunes.



Now and then the disco balls will start spinning and flashing again as if the band is opening the dance floor once more. Dancing is exactly what is on everyone's mind this Saturday night and the music doesn't miss its effect. The band puts so much joy, energy and heart into their show, that it electrifies the room and everyone that is in here tonight. They mention that they are definitely going to party tonight in Amsterdam, but it is clear the party already has started early.



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Setlist:
01. The Hammer
02. Clean Slate
03. Wither With You
04. Talking Straight
05. Sister's Jeans
06. Sick Bug
07. An Air Conditioned Man
08. Colours Run
09. Exclusive Grave
10. Bellarine
11. Julie's Place
12. Mainland
13. Fountain of Good Fortune
14. French Press
Encore
15. Time in Common
16. Wide Eyes
Encore 2
17. Heard You're Moving


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