With banjos, voice, and drums, Lucas' new album Black Ram pairs the simplicity and soaring desperation of Appalachian Mountain songs with post-rock textural sensibilities and dark searching lyricism - at times soft and intimate, then crashing with punk energy. Mostly original, partially borrowed from poets and traditional tunes, the songs on Black Ram intend to subvert and explode the violence and madness in gender normalized characters from old song traditions. Black Ram is Lucas' fifth solo release.
Lucas was born in old mountain country North Carolina and raised in Alaska - you can hear these places in his songs. He has won American and Australian songwriting awards, shared the stage with such artists as Jim White (The Dirty Three), George Xylouris, Matt Hopper, Shenandoah Davis, and toured in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia. Lucas is currently based between Melbourne, Australia and Virginia, USA and makes a living as a carpenter when not playing music.
An intimate collection of alt-folk tunes and pulsing Appalachian country written during a two-year period of perpetual winter as Lucas traveled across hemispheres every six months. Chasing Winter was recorded outside of Melbourne in an abandoned university hall with giant wood panelled walls and quiet cobwebbed corners – dark and leaf coloured, towering and graceful, these songs have spirit and direction.
Black Ram - August, 2015
Chasing Winter w/ The Cutting List - September, 2013
Sometimes You Fly - August, 2009
The Claim - November, 2008
Lucas Paine & Katie Harris - Self Titled - May, 2006
A Murderous Affair w/ Snowmen in Space - March, 2006
Where the Pavement Ends - August, 2003
Blind to Sight w/ 7/10 Split - June 2002
Song Hunting for Anne included in Dying for Bad Music End of Year Compilation, Every Place is Home, 2015
Song Black Ram Shuffle included in Death Roots Syndicate Compilation, Vol. IV, 2015
Songs Cold Ocean Breath and A Murderous Affair included in The Quarry, 2006
Song Better Days included in Music from the Hill, 2005