The latest single release from Poison Oak, “Losing Ourselves”, is a delectable Aussie bite you can really chew on. Straight out of the gate they hook you with a guitar focused intro that demands your attention with strumming that is soft and enticing. Out comes the lyrics along with light hits on the high-hat that immediately induce the toe-tapping effect. The heavy drum hits in and gives power as the first run at the chorus enters and finishes with a scrumptious drum roll. Lord those builds, I could have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
I’ll be honest and say I came in with ears “like a virgin, touched for the very first time” by this indie-rock band from Far North Queensland, having never heard any of their tracks previously. After giving this a listen I had to go back and hear more. Poison Oak’s growth and refining was showcased throughout “Losing Ourselves” – all that they had accomplished in such a short time since their last EP “1996”, was truly impressive.
You really can’t go wrong with combos of builds and bridges reminiscent of rock beats from the late 90’s and early 2000’s, a clean sound and tight instrumentals. Add to that lead vocals that share a likeness to the vibrato of R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and the high notes similar to John Lydon during his Public Image days- yum. Poison Oak knows how to make a good teaser and create instant fans with each new single release. From start to finish I was an immediate fan and put in a Follow on Spotify and think you should do the same on whatever app you jam through. Definitely looking forward to their third EP and what delights await there.
P.S.- wait for the 2.53 time marker- sends you straight back to the bliss of your concert days- enjoy!