Interview - Poison oak

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, collaborating with fellow musicians, Ray Pearson, Russell West and Grant Miles.

- Hi guys and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release, Losing ourselves.
It’s a song basically about not losing yourself essentially to common fads. For example, following social media trends, or believing that you should be doing that may be considered normal.

- How would you describe your sound?
Indie Rock, Alternative Rock mixed with punk.

- What do you write about?
The ups and downs, misgivings and the experiences of life.

- What do you listen to when you are home?
Many artists, I’ve started listening to the Killers again, and HAIM. But really depends.

- Your favourite live performance so far?
I played a show at Valley Fiesta in Brisbane where the stage felt like a trampoline there was that many people getting into it bouncing up or down.

- Your favourite albums?
The ones I also come back too, no matter how many years – I’m Wide Awake it’s Morning: Bright Eyes, The Black Parade: My Chemical Romance, Hot Fuss: Killer, Odessey Number Five: Powderfinger.

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Paul Kelly

- What would you ask backstage if you were the most important band on earth?
Powerade, you always need to hydrate.

- What are your plans for the next future?
We’ve been working on a whole bunch of songs, that are really coming together. It feels like we always growing and developing as a band. So when they’re reading it would be awesome to record them in the studio.Besides that, we have three singles soon to be released. One next month, the next in the coming months after that"

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Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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