MAKING A MARK: Ryan and Angelo Conway make up Rockhampton act Shortfall.
MAKING A MARK: Ryan and Angelo Conway make up Rockhampton act Shortfall. CONTRIBUTED

Shortfall brothers win fans one gig at a time

ANGELO and Ryan Conway may be Rockhampton's biggest up-and-coming act but they are nothing short of a pair of humble brothers who just want to build a name for themselves.

The pair make up Shortfall, an alternative indie folk band that's grown in popularity since it started.

They are popping into Gladstone on their State of Mind tour this weekend to spread their sound.

"We have been doing the band format seriously for two years. Before that we played around the traps doing pub gigs and corporate gigs," Angelo said.

"It's all about building a fan base and a profile."

Angelo, 27, said he and Ryan were taking all opportunities with both hands, no matter how small the gig.

"It's winning people over one gig at a time," he said.

"We are trying to play in front of as many crowds as we can and make people fall in love with our music."

How does working with your little brother go, though?

"The good thing about working with your brother is that you can be very honest with each other," Angelo said.

"You don't have to dance around things, and creatively we get things done."

The brothers are proud of their central Queensland upbringing - they've been in the region since Angelo was three years old.

"We've lived in Rockhampton forever," Angelo said. "I was born in the Philippines and moved to Australia with my family.

"We went back there last year and they were all so proud of us."

The Shortfall.
The Shortfall. Contributed

Building the talent base in central Queensland is also something on which the boys have set their minds.

"Lots of live music can only benefit the region," Angelo said.

"Other bands like Busby Marou showed they could do it and that encouraged us.

"Other artists have seen what we are doing and it makes you feel good."

Road-tripping to Gladstone isn't uncommon for the duo, who will perform at Noktoberfest on Saturday.

"We supported Busby Marou in July, a couple of weeks ago we supported James Reyne and we are supporting Pete Murray," Angelo said.

"We seem to play in Gladstone more than back home."

Their songs are easy to listen to.

"I like to write based on my imagination," he said. "I pick a hook line in a song and build the story around that.

"I don't write about personal experiences; Ryan and I have both been in long-term relationships.

"I am married so we don't have much of a bank to draw on," he laughed.


  • Saturday
  • Gladstone Turf Club
  • 3pm-10pm