Reviews

Poison Oak


“Sarah” second single from Poison Oak’s EP “1996” is out 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.”

Poison Oak is a project from Far North Queensland. A collaboration of musicians previously playing in other outfits throughout Australia, now residing in Townsville. James Balthes, of whom played in rock outfits such as “Dunes”, “Jeremy Hunter and The Preachermen” and Brisbane favourites “The Bacchanales”. Balthes’ brings a diverse style of song writing, while collaborating with fellow musicians, Ray Pearson, Russell West and Grant Miles. West previously playing throughout Sydney in, “Kitty and the Well”. While Grant known for his hard hitting style in Brisbane outfits, “Major General” and “Cavendish”, while also playing for Melbourne artists’ “Paul Pomphrey” and “Charles J Tan” .

The band brings out a sound of indie rock, with touches of punk and soul and a lyrical balance of storytelling combined with the truth. Poison Oak delivers songs with emotion and stories relatable to the common person and the ups and downs of life.

James Balthes
Ray Pearson
Russell West
Lachlan Gleadhill
Chris Reiterer

Poison Oak – Sarah

Poison Oak – Waiting

Poison Oak – Feeling Numb On Sundays

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