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Nexus Meets… Poison Oak

Fusing punk, rock and indie into one outstanding package, Poison Oak bring their unique sound to the masses. All the way from Australia, the quintet add a little sunshine to your life with a single song. We speak to Poison Oak about their latest EP 1996, discovering new music and future plans.

How did Poison Oak come together?

We came together as three mates jamming on a Saturday morning and it grew from there. It was never anything to start off with and it has slowly grown and progressed, like a roast slow cooking in the oven.

What can you tell us about the new EP 1996?

Most of the songs were written at the end of 2019 and the start of 2020. It’s an EP diversifying in sound from raw punk rock numbers to dirty blues, nostalgic ballads and indie-rock stompers

Which is your favourite song off 1996?

‘Some People Tell Lies’, it’s one of the more nostalgic piano ballads. The song that has most emotional connection are usually my favourites.

What about your least favourite song?

Probably ‘Waiting’ since it was the first single from the EP. I listened to it a substantial amount more than the others.

Did you face any challenges when recording 1996?

Trying to get all the parts down, we played with without a click so we had to sort out some timing issues (not a good idea).

What do you hope people take from your music?

That people enjoy and can relate to it somehow.

Where do you hope to be in three years?

If playing music with my makes then that would still be pretty awesome.

How would you describe your music to a new listener?

Indie-rock, punk, storytelling, Australian, North Queensland.

What do you think is the best way to discover new music nowadays?

There are heaps of ways, Spotify playlists, community radio and down the road at the local venue. But I still think community radio is the best outlet for up and coming artists.

Do you have plans for Poison Oak?

Yeah, we just recorded some new tracks only about a month ago at Mount Kauri Studio in the Tablelands in North Queensland with Mark Myers from the Middle East. So we pretty excited about getting them out.

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