Poison Oak have dropped their latest single, ‘Losing Ourselves’.
The track is about forgetting trends that sometimes dictate our youth. It’s about growing into yourself doing the things and hobbies that you like, despite what anyone thinks.
James: I had the introduction riff for a while, and I originally was playing it in the key of A, rather than E. I sort of called it my Smashing Pumpkins/Silversun Pickups riff, as it used the open E strings while going back and forth from maj 7th note to the tonic. Which is pretty common among those bands’. Then one morning, after going out with some friends, I wrote the song based off the feeling I got from the night. Where I didn’t really care about, “what I should be doing”, and “where I should go” and basically “what people think about me”. Letting go I guess of all common things we do sometimes to try and fit into society, like wanting to take pictures for social media etc, to make yourself look like you have a “fun life” or whatever. After that night, it made me realise that I don’t have time for it, and there’s nothing I enjoy about it either. Basically, summing up what it is to grow into an adult, and I just don’t have time to care about things that don’t matter to me. I pretty much sat and wrote the song out in an hour.
We then recorded it with Mark Myers from the Middle East. Tightening things up, adding things in etc. To make it shine a little more.
Hello everyone! Today we’re talking to Poison Oak, a Indie Punk Rock quartet from Australia. Let’s get into things!
If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you? We are Poison Oak and indie rock, punk from North Queensland Australia, yep pretty much it.
How did you all meet? Some of us worked together for example Russell and myself (James). Ray I had known for six or so years and we had all been friends through his wife Rachael. Chris, played drums for an event we did quite a few years ago.
How long have you been playing? We have been playing as a band for nearly two years, however, as an individual I’ve been playing for nearly 16 years
What three words would you use to describe the music you play? Indie, rock, Punk
What are your musical influences? We’re influenced by a lot of Australian rock and punk, including, Violent Soho, Powderfinger, Paul Kelly, Whitlams. As well as other artists including Tom Waits, Strokes etc.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
The stage bouncing like a trampoline…. Don’t know what was happening.
Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted? Well here in North Queensland, we didn’t have that many restrictions… It only really lasted 5-7 weeks for us. However, Canada would be a place I wouldn’t mind going.
What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
The Marshall Mathers LP
What have you been listening in the last few weeks? Gordi, she Australian and just recently she released an album “Our Two Skins”, which is brilliant.
Are there any releases you have planned in the near future? We have our upcoming EP “1996”, coming out on the 19th March and as well as, we are hitting the studio in April to lay down some more tracks.
The scope of Poison Oak’s catalogue to date sees them capture an Australian sensibility of raw emotive storytelling and boldly adaptive rock forms. Stripped of bluster, the North Queensland quintet have just released their most mature body of work, the 1996 EP.
Written by James Balthes, Ray Pearson, Russell West and Chris Reiterer and recorded at Lonesome Bell Music by Joel Sutton in Townsville. It is co-produced by both Joel and James and mixed by Joel. Joel of whom recorded with well-known North Queensland outfit, King Social and also has performed with well-known blues artists the Bondi Cigars.
The EP’s title track is a nostalgic rock tune, that looks back on the past good times and flags the grand reflections on the singular, the interpersonal and the broadly communal that animate many of the songs on the EP: Sarah processes old traumas and Still Thinking Of You explores lingering attractions in the wake of connections past, Some People Tell Lies takes heed from other’s divisive experiences. The 6 songs consolidate and confront the passage of time with vulnerability, grit and ragged guitars.
As Poison Oak’s music resonates across the globe, finding new communities from Berlin to Jersey and their home town of Townsville, this EP continues with the working-class catharsis and rock’n’roll’s ability to connect with people’s enduring determination to defy life’s hardships.
For Fans Of: Bright Eyes | The Smith Street Band | Gang Of Youths.
North Queensland Quintet Poison Oak have dropped a new track, ‘Sarah’. It’s a vocally staggering injection with a dynamic build up to create a fresh take on what the genre in dire need of right now.
“The song Sarah is about the idea that you cannot fix someone else’s problems despite how hard you try. The song also reflects on past traumas, learning to let go of this and showing how to move on with life. Sarah, accentuates the fact that the best option is to let someone go than to rather stay with them and try to help. The song contains dynamic build ups with a indie rock tone and a sprinkle of brit rock. The song highlights the message that it’s better to focus than to try and fix someone.”
‘Sarah’ by Poison Oak is available to stream via the your preferred streaming service.