The Poison Tree
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The Poison Tree

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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"Review of The King of France (The Poison Tree frontman former incarnation)"

Finally, a New York City band that isn't consumed by image. The Kings' debut has all the nasal whine and new-wave '80s guitar noodling of fellow scenesters Interpol and Elefant, though their less-manicured sound (and look - the singer has a beard!) owes more to the likes of '90s alt-rock nerds Neutral Milk Hotel and the Sea and Cake. Little pretense, much jangly finger-snapping rock. B+ - Entertainment Weekly


Still working on that hot first release.



The Poison Tree is Brooklyn, NY singer songwriter Steve Salad and a rotating cast of collaborators borrowed from acts including, The National, Rufus Wainwright, Antony and the Johnsons, and David Byrne. Salad is a musician's musician who is well respected among his peers. Steve's songs are lyric driven, and sung with a voice Spin Magazine describes as “Leonard Cohen smooth and Jeff Mangum frantic."

As the creative force behind The King of France and underground indie rock icons Deformo, Steve developed his songwriting chops while touring with Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, The Breeders, The Hold Steady, Rogue Wave, Jonathan Richman, Nada Surf and many more. Though less idiosyncratic than previous projects, Salad retains his uniquely catchy, intuitive musical approach.

It is a style that has not gone unnoticed as Salad's music has garnered wide critical acclaim --especially noted for his original songwriting and multifaceted singing. Harp Magazine recently wrote "Singer-guitarist Steve Salad has a voice that melds shenanigans and shoulder-shrug desperation as easily as slapping on a hat. Incontrovertible proof that the best music these days is being made out beyond the walls."

And if the past ten years are any indication Salad’s music will stay comfortably outside the mainstream. Oddly, or perhaps because of this, Salad's music has found fans among some of the media elite. MTV hired Salad to write and perform seven promotional spots and his songs have been involved in multiple film projects over the last few years.