Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with James Balthes of Poison Oak.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
BALTHES: We are an Australian Indie Rock band, that lives in North Queensland at the top of the country. We started out as just a jam on a Saturday morning, between Ray, Russell and myself. After that we got a drummer and things have been progressing pretty well ever since. We have six songs out at the moment, three being singles and the others were part of our first EP the “Living Room Sessions”.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
BALTHES: That’s a tough question. I guess all the members have different influences that make up the sound of our band. For myself Paul Kelly, Bernard Fanning and Bright Eyes are massive influences in my song writing. But usually, I get inspiration many different artists or anyone I’m listening to at the time.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
BALTHES: Our latest release is called “Waiting”, it’s an indie punk rock tune. I guess it has some catchiness too it with a raw punk attitude.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
BALTHES: We’re pretty energetic. However, we add a quieter part to our set with acoustic songs and ballads, but then we kick back into the higher energy song.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
BALTHES: Haha, I find this a really hard question, because we never really set out to be headlining anywhere… so all in all, if we are headlining any packed venues that would be awesome. But for the moment, we are pretty happy where we are at.