Bal­lads from the dark side

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out - Francesca Mann

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.

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