Rolling Blackouts’ Top Ten Songs To Wake Up To


They’re on a steady descent upward, and with an ingenious brand of infectious indie rock slathered in absolute attitude, Melbourne’s ROLLING BLACKOUTS definitely aren’t stopping anytime soon.

The five-piece have just signed to Ivy League Records, with management coming in from our friends over at I Oh You. And with this signing, comes an incredible new release from the boys. Aptly branded tough pop/soft punk, their five-track EP ‘Talk Tight’ features lead singles ‘Wide Eyes’, ‘Clean Slate’ and ‘Tender Is The Neck’.

They’ve got some pretty huge shows coming up, supporting Bully all around Australia in December, as well as their previous support stint with The Preatures. These national treasures have got a big couple of months ahead of them.

Although they probably won’t be sleeping much on tour, the guys let us know what their top ten tracks to wake up to are. The result? Some of the most uplifting and sunny tracks that YouTube has hidden away.

Steve Hiett ‘Never Find A Girl’
Sun drenched, laid all the way back. For lazy weekend waking.

The Sleepy Jackson ‘Miniskirt’
This is the soundtrack to waking up young and dumb with a mean hangover, but being enchanted with the world all the same.

Gilberto Gil ‘Palco’
If this doesn’t put you in a good mood in the morning, there are probably some deeper issues.

Amadou & Mariam ‘Compagnon de la Vie’
Ditto. This is more of a weekend, making stovetop coffee and shimmying in the kitchen vibe.

Brian Eno ‘Discreet Music’
You can put this on and stay in bed for another 2-3 hits of the snooze, and still have time to do some saluting the sun/downward dogs.

Kenny Lynch ‘Up In Smoke’
A fun, slightly off-kilter way to start the day. Great for shower singing.

Leonard Cohen ‘First We Take Manhattan’
Joe chose this one – Apparently he likes to wake up to a stern, authoritarian 80s synth beat. Music to put on a trench coat and walk along a cold beach to.

Jeremy Spencer ‘Travellin’
Melancholy and yearning. Like the end of that beautiful dream that you just woke up from, can’t quite remember, and can never go back to.

Chico Mann ‘Comes And Goes’
This probably works best on a stinking hot summer morning, getting ready to skip work/school to go to the beach.

Tahiti 80 ‘Big Day’
Pretty self explanatory. “Come and get it, come and get it now, there’s a big day waiting for you”…

You can catch Rolling Blackouts as they head out in support of Bully‘s national tour.

Sunday, October 4
Vic On The Park
Sydney, NSW
Free Show

Sunday, November 14
At First Sight Festival
Sydney, NSW

Friday, November 20
Rolling Blackouts – End Of Year Do
Gasometer, Collingwood
Tickets are available here

Wednesday, December 9
Supporting Bully
Oxford Art Factory
Sydney, NSW

Thursday, December 10
Supporting Bully
Melbourne, VIC

Saturday, December 12
Supporting Bully
Woolly Mammoth
Brisbane, QLD

Words by Caitlin Medcalf





No idea where she’ll be in 10 years, but as long as she has a good record and a glass of white wine, she’ll be sweet.