OAK meets in Hüde to work out new concepts and new songs.
2012/13 first album Unbelievers.
2014/15 second album In our car.
„…a unique sound coming from 1960’s pop, The Velvet Underground & Nico, David Bowie’s “Station to Station” album plus electronic era musicians in the style of Radiohead, Portishead, Iceland’s Björk, with a theatrical touch of film noir…”
OAK are reminiscent of mid 60’s, American garage outfits such as The Music Machine and The Velvet Underground & Nico who a decade later, helped to spring an innovative music and fashion scene based on the street principle of ABR (Action Brings Reaction) and labeled as punk. Yet, when the shit hits the fan, it was and it is music without borderlines and with emotional authenticity that creates an impact upon generations to come.
OAK was formed in the summer of 2012 in Berlin by Maren Montauk (Voice), Dave Schwarz (Keyboards & Drums), and Mike Büschelmann (Guitar) while jamming during the course of a week in a Half-timbered house at a lonely, idyllic seashore where the undertow would come crashing in and help form the sound clash of their surf style, guitar chops versus Doors-like synth sounds as the ultimate, uplifting soundtrack device for Maren Montauk’s haunting persona.
OAK’s originality begins with Dave Schwarz playing keyboards and drums at the same moment in space and time and bringing about the bass lines through his synth in contrast to Mike Büschelmann’s, high-end tuned guitar as a set-up for Maren’s, high pitched vocal range. You can easily capture the influences of their unique sound coming from 1960’s pop, The Velvet Underground & Nico, David Bowie’s “Station to Station” album plus electronic era musicians in the style of Radiohead, Portishead, Iceland’s Björk, with a theatrical touch of film noir thrown in as Berlin’s melancholic edge is unleashed by the band onstage.
From their self-titled, full length CD comes a potential single: Once/Believers, where “Once” begins and remains in the flow of a dwelling riff in combination with a transcending groove being built by the melodic keyboard arrangement and Maren’s harmonic voice; while the 2-step break beat driven “Believers”, characterizes OAK as the riders of a storm with prophetic words coming from a woman with something to say.
They have toured in Europe playing live in Praha (CZ), Zurich (CH), Berlin, Munich and Cologne (GER).
A song made out of the beginning in 2012: