‘…instrumentally dynamic and lyrically powerful’ – Dan Condon, Double J Editor
‘Love the dynamics, and the use of harmonies throughout that bring fresh sensibility’ – Nkechi Anele – Triple J Roots ’n’ All
‘Poison Oak knows how to create a classic aesthetic’ – The Sounds Won’t Stop
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