Hon­est folk lyrics get down to the nitty gritty

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

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.

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