An Interview With Poison Oak
Poison Oak is ramping up to release their latest single and it's a gritty but poppy rock song with the feel of classic rock monsters like Spriingsteen and fuses that with a punk undertone and a certain edge that gives the song some added color.
Loaded with winding guitar sections and an massive anthemic sound, "Sarah" is an absolute banger.
The single gets intense and comes through with major heart and passion as it rocks out and bereathes, sways, and builds.
There are a number of vibrant musical explosions and the song often feel almost like a song you can sing along to as it's driving toneality gives you a sort of inspirational energy.
Poison Ok is known for dropping major singles and suprising the hell out of their fans and "Sarah" is a near perfect follow up their "Waiting" release from October of last year.
The band has a fun and unique sound that still sounds and feels fmailiar and warm while lettingout some heavy emotion in the form of rock n' roll and with the release of "Sarah" and a full EP both coming up, we wanted to have a talk with them about the song and more.
TSWS: Okay let's start with "Poison Oak". This track has a classic rock influenced indie rock
feel with some punk undertones at times. Where did this song come from?
I originally wrote it in April 2020 during the co-void pandemic. It came about really
quickly, and the lyrics kind of slotted in straight away with the first verse. I then
continued to write it based on my experiences of, despite how much you want to help
someone you can’t change them or fix their mental health issues, basically about
letting go of someone for the best. I recorded a quick demo and sent to the rest of
the band where everyone added their pretty quickly.
TSWS: How did all of this start for you?
The band? Well it was Saturday morning jam between Ray, Russ and myself and
ever since then it has been growing and growing.
TSWS: I'm hearing some different styles embedded in this song. What are some of your
biggest musical influences?
I guess we have a punk influence with Violent Soho and I listened to a lot of Frenzal
Rhomb and a big fan of ska punk, Sublime etc. Also, Russ listened to a lot of The
Whitlmas and Tom Waits. Throw in there Powderfinger, Silversun Pickups. While
Lachie has influence from the band, “James”.
TSWS: Will you guys be performing live when the time comes?
We just did last week, and it felt pretty good!!
TSWS: What's next for you as a band?
After we release “Sarah” on the 19th , we then release our next “1996” on the 19th of
March which includes this track.
TSWS: With everything you've accomplished, what kind of advice would you have for up and
coming bands and artists trying to get heard?
Stop trying, just work on your music and have fun. Sometimes we lose focus of why
we do this in the first place. People will appreciate it more if they see that you’re
really enjoying yourselves.
TSWS: Everyone give me your favorite midnight snack (it's a need to know question)
I honestly don’t eat at midnight... But I reckon Lachie would smash a zinger burger at
TSWS: What kinds of things inspire you to write?
Life, relationships, work, people living in general. If something “strikes a chord” with
me then I’ll probably write about it.
TSWS: What are you guys doing when you are NOT working on music?
We all have a range of hobbies, Lachie plays basketball, Russ plays in multiple
bands and orchestra’s, Chris is a father and Grandfather and Ray is expecting his
first born soon. While I like to play beach volleyball and go rock climbing
TSWS: Before we go, what do you want to say to fans of the music?
Keep on keeping on.