French Press - Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

from the EP The French Press (2017)

A good friend of mine is the brother of a famous guitarist for a rock and roll super group.  One day, he said something that really stuck, "A bunch of bands were basically as talented as my brother's band, but none of them practiced as hard.  That's all they did. All the time.  Always trying to make it sound better."  And it sure paid off.

We've all had those moments when we say, "that band sounds great" or "that band is tight," and now I realize that what we are really saying is "that band is hard working and dedicated to their craft."  Practice pays off.

I've spent considerable time listening to these "really tight" bands, trying to understand what makes them tick.  My conclusion is that it is a thousand little things.  Nuances on how a drummer strikes the snare in a certain part of a song, or how the bass player "pops" a note on a fret just before a chorus kicks in.  It is all about those little things that only come from practicing together.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever is a relatively new band that I consider to be really tight.  On their song - French Press - I can hear all that nuance.  Listen to the interplay of the bass, guitar, and drums on the song's intro.  It is tight the same way The Cure were tight.  Listen to how the dynamics of the band rise and fall to compliment the vocalist.  Listen to the slight variations in tone and texture.

It is not an accident that these guys sound so great.

Click Here to watch to the official video for French Press by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.