Ballads from the dark side
Broome-based alternative-country rocker Harry Jakamarra plays Witchcliffe tomorrow night, armed with a new dark and stormy EP.
In Your Town Tonight is Jakamarra’s second EP release and was produced by legendary musician Jeff Lang.
Inspired by the likes of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Gillian Welch and Tom Waits, Jakamarra said his gothic-infused songs are heavily reliant on other people’s stories.
“The new stuff I’ve been writing is slowly becoming more surreal and character based,” he said. “All the songs are character driven — I never really end up writing from my own perspective.
“I feel this very strong connection between cinema and songs — they go hand in hand for me — so I make them very cinematic.”
“This EP is very serious with a lot of contrast; the first track is a nostalgic trucking song . . . but the content is very dark — there’s some really dark murder ballads.”
It’s been an eventful year for Jakamarra and his two brothers, Elwood and Albert Gray, as they have travelled around Australia, playing shows together and on their own.
Jakamarra plays solo at Druid’s Hall tomorrow night from 6pm.
Alt-country musician Harry Jakamarra released his second EP last month.