Honest folk lyrics get down to the nitty gritty
SAM Ramage and Daniel Ward have accepted there’s no way to hide behind their naked, honest and folkdrenched lyrics. The local duo, who perform under the alias Alaska Homer (pictured), launch their debut EP Flooding//Peaks on the Coast this weekend. While Ramage and Ward offer as much energy as possible when performing live, the pair admit it’s impossible to conceal the rawness of their songs. ‘‘You can’t shroud their meaning, you can only get so cryptic with words,’’ says Ramage. ‘‘The EP is a patchwork of all the different styles we like. We write about our own influences, separately and together.’’ Ramage and Ward met in high school and bonded over their love for Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the connection they felt to folk music. The pair started jamming last year and began blending folk, country and indie-rock flavours for Alaska Homer. Ward says the pair can’t get enough of vocal harmonies. ‘‘Our voices complement each other so well. Sam’s is purer but mine is more rusty,’’ he says. Alaska Homer’s DIY recording process means Flooding//Peaks has gravelly feel. ‘‘We like a bit of gritty folk music,’’ says Ward. ‘‘We didn’t want to make our sound too clean and I think it works.’’
Alaska Homer, White Lodge, Ella Fence and Mountsalem play The Loft, on Chevron Island, on Saturday night.