Alt folk-rock duo stay real in Rock­hamp­ton

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BROTHER Duo The Short Fall (pic­tured) do not ache with de­sire to move from Rock­hamp­ton to the big smoke and find fame just yet. In­stead, An­gelo and Ryan Con­way are fo­cused on cre­at­ing songs that con­nect with their au­di­ence while they show off their vo­cal har­monies and gui­tar work. ‘‘We are happy where we are, we like be­ing re­gional and it’s only an hour to get down there (to Bris­bane) any­way,’’ says An­gelo. ‘‘Our aim is to start small, get some shows and work our way up.’’ While mak­ing mu­sic with your sib­ling has its bad points, An­gelo says it’s mostly smooth sail­ing for The Short Fall. ‘‘It’s good be­ing in a band with your brother be­cause you can air is­sues eas­ily,’’ he says. ‘‘I guess if it wasn’t your sib­ling and you weren’t as com­fort­able, then you would find a more po­lite way of get­ting to the res­o­lu­tion.’’ Find­ing in­spi­ra­tion in mu­si­cians as var­ied as Jeff Buck­ley, Cold­play, Boy & Bear and An­gus & Ju­lia Stone means The Short Fall’s new EP, Make A Move has a folk and al­ter­na­tive flavour. ‘‘It’s got a laid-back feel and is an eclec­tic mix of al­ter­na­tive acous­tic folk rock,’’ says An­gelo. ‘‘Record­ing was a process of dis­cov­er­ing a new sound. We found the sound we were look­ing for.’’ An­gelo says he comes up with the melody and lyrics while Ryan en­joys tak­ing risks and ex­plor­ing new ter­ri­tory with his gui­tar. ‘‘We both sing, so har­monies are the main part of our live show,’’ says An­gelo. ‘‘We have a good con­nec­tion and chem­istry on stage as broth­ers. There’s a nice en­ergy be­tween us.’’

– ROSE SADLEIR

The Short Fall, Slip on Stereo and Bree De Rome play Gov’s Espresso, in Mer­maid Beach, to­mor­row night.

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