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Poison Skies - Poison Skies Newsletter Interview

02 Apr 2014 // An interview by Shade

Poison Skies are a high energy rock band based in Auckland, New Zealand.

With 3 guitars, bass, and drums presented on stage, the only thing overpowering their massive wall of sound is their energy.

Bringing years of experience and musical background to the table, Poison Skies is a collaboration of musicians whose attitudes blend into one explosive incendiary of sound.

Thanks to Carl for answering the following questions:

What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

Being able to see some more of the kick ass NZ bands located overseas would be pretty rad (the likes of These Four Walls, I Am Giant, Like A Storm). They are bands that set the bar high for us NZ muso’s and it’s great to feed off the energy and enthusiasm they bring with their shows and music. On the other hand, there are some killer bands playing in our backyards now (too many to list) and you’ll find us most Fridays or Saturdays at a local bar checking out something awesome!

How would you describe Poison Skies’ music in one sentence?

Poison Skies is a collaboration of musicians whose attitudes blend into one explosive incendiary, where the only thing overpowering their massive wall of sound is their energy.

What has been your most memorable show to date?

Our debut show supporting Static Era and Stitches was probably our most memorable show so far. We played to a packed house at Juice Bar, Parnell. It was a great night where everything just clicked, had a pumped up audience and there was an amazing energy throughout the whole night. Couldn’t have asked for a better way to make an appearance.

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

Inspiration could strike us simply from a song we’ve got on a playlist at the time, from events or circumstances that relate to people, or even something that personally inspires us to get writing. Usually the spark for a new song is ignited with a powerful riff that surrounds itself very quickly with all it’s accompanying components. Everything is a project that gets the full Poison Skies treatment and seal of approval. Having shared interests in music definitely helps!

How did you come up with the name Poison Skies?

This is a quest that lead us down a long drawn out path, and through multiple ideas. Getting 5 highly opinionated muso’s to decide on one name is not the easiest task, but we really wanted something that we believe suited our sound, our style, our brand, and also sounds bad ass. It was agreed that Poison Skies was something that rang true for us.

What can we expect to see from Poison Skies over the next year?

We’re currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on our first single. We’ve been recording with Dave Rhodes (Blindspott/The Rabble/Stylus) and it’s sounding massive. We can’t wait for people to hear this!


About Poison Skies

Formed in 2013, Auckland-based high energy rock band Poison Skies have quickly made a name for themselves with their incendiary live performances and uncompromising, yet hooky, songs. With all members already linked together through previous bands, gigs and tours, an opportunity finally arose to get together to create a new band with an emphasis on great times, great tunes and great energy.

Boasting up to 3 guitars, a powerhouse frontman and an incredibly tight rhythm section that packs the force of a freight train, Poison Skies definitely make an impression. An upbeat, high octane approach associated with the likes of Pennywise, Rise Against, Story of the Year, AFI combined with diverse influences from metal, punk, and rock (local and offshore), Poison Skies deliver blasting waves of high energy that any rock enthusiast will surely appreciate.

Poison Skies' debut EP Day to Defy was released in Oct 2016, and features their 3 previous singles. The EP was recorded and mixed by Tui-award winning engineer Dave Rhodes (Blindspott, Stylus) and mastered at Stirling (New York) and Sage (Nashville) studios.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Poison Skies


Day To Defy
Year: 2016
Type: EP

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