July 20, 2013
Sydney, Australia’s Straight Arrows have long (in garage rock band years, of course) been making very straight-forward, frenetic and pleasing 60s referencing garage rock, and their brand new HoZaC Hookup Klub 7″ is no different. Can’t Stand It, which has been making the blog rounds recently, is a succulent sliver of crunchy garage pop that’s effervescent as it is short. There’s no shortage of fuzz and reverb going on here and the vocals are almost incomprehensible, but it matters not as the lyrics seem fun to shout. If you’re looking for more than a summer fun jam, look elsewhere, but this is a feel good, sunny Sunday kind of head-bopping jam for you to waste your afternoon listening to on repeat (ie: me right now). If you’re in Australia you can potentially pick up a copy at Straight Arrows live show — if you’re in the US or anywhere else, you’re pretty much screwed. Enjoy.
mp3: Straight Arrows – Can’t Stand It
November 27, 2010
Just got a really rad tip on this Australian band, from my favorite tipster, you know who you are, thank you, and keep them coming. Straight Arrows actually just a few days ago released their deut LP, It’s Happening, via Rice Is Nice Records out of Sydney . You can pick up your copy of this excellent disc at the Rice Is Nice Shop. Both tracks I have off these guys are pretty much all my favorite things: fun, fast, sweaty punk with overarching 50s pop melodies, and tons of fuzz. Reminds me a lot of early Black Lips, but with a shade more control over what they’re playing — they’ve got a really rad way of practically perfecting the sub-2:30-minute-song with their infectuous-bordering-on-obnoxious (and oh how I love that) vocals and their small touches of surf mixed with that 60s garage sound. Fitting that it was recorded on 1950′s equipment in some little studio. Get on this. So if we buy enough records, maybe someone will pay for them to come entertain us in England.
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