Alt folk-rock duo stay real in Rockhampton
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.