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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AUSTRALIAN BAND POISON OAK

What made you decide to start the band?

Well, it just came to be, we were just jamming and hanging out on the weekend and it slowly morphed into what it is now. There was no pre planning of “let’s start a band or anything” 

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

Adrian Tarca (bass), Ray Pearson (guitar), Chris Reiterer (drums) and James Balthes (guitar and vocals).

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Get rid of most of your expectations when it comes to the music business and everything you achieve will be unexpected.

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic? If so, what?

Age of Empires 2, don’t really need it. But it was definitely enjoyable to play when I couldn’t go outside. 

What can you tell us about your new EP, ‘The View From Here’?

It’s a collection of 5 songs that we recorded about a year and a half ago that sort of represents our sound to date. I think it’s a fair bit more developed than our previous releases. 



Talk us through the thought process of the EP?

We originally had six songs we were recording, but we dropped one, as we believed it needed more work. The process basically consists of Ray or Myself bringing in song ideas, and then we develop them for quite a while. A month or so out, we started rehearsing with the click track and really knuckled down on the songs. We recorded with Mark Myers, who helped us produce the tracks and solidify our melodies etc. 

What was the recording process like?

We all really enjoyed it. I think we liked the process of experiment with ideas there, trying out sounds.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the EP?

How important it is to write your melody out, and make them strong. We also learnt on spending less time on the performance of the songs in the initial takes, as you want to have that sorted before you go in. And rather spend more time in getting the right sound tonalities for the record. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Heaps of things! We learnt a lot from the recording sessions that we will now be on board with, when we go in to record our debut album. However, there is no point going back and changing it all up now. I strongly believe the EP represents us as a band, in the time and place when we recorded it. However, gaining the knowledge from those recording sessions, we will take that in with us in the next recording. 

What are your plans for the year ahead?

In July we are recording our debut album, which we are taking everything we learnt from our last EP in with us and developing from there. Obviously we just released our latest EP a couple of days ago, however, we are damn keen get stuck into recording these new songs.

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