Straight Arrows now have two whopping LPs under their belt, debut album ‘It’s Happening’ and the newest arrival ‘RISING’.
Since releasing ‘It’s Happening’ in 2010, they’ve been touring the USA, releasing albums in the UK, cassettes in the USA, 7” singles in the USA and Italy, gracing the stages of the Sydney Opera House for Vivid Festival and headlining Sydney Town Hall as part of Sydney Festival. Who said punk isn’t high culture?
Amongst all the madness, touring, recording, working, the Straight Arrows were writing their follow up album ‘Rising’ which is now set for release this June 13 2014 via Rice Is Nice Records (AUS), Agitated Records (UK / EU) and Hozac Records (USA).
‘Rising’ was recorded half at front man Owen Penglis’s house and the other half in his new, legitimate Goliath Professional Record Studio, which was something Owen had to build after a new neighbour started getting mad about all the quality hit recordings happening next door.
The result? Dancing music. Garage Punk nuggets that will get you up out of your dronesome slumber and force some serious rug cutting antics. This is hairy fuzzed out psychedelic garage pop without the patchouli-scented kaftans. Is it reckless? Is it fun? YEAH! Derr….it’s a new Straight Arrows record.
Since the release of ‘It’s Happening’, bands have been queuing up to have front man Owen Penglis record and produce their music at his home studio – the likes of Royal Headache, Circle Pit, The Frowning Clouds, The Gooch Palms have all used his bathroom. In 2012 Owen was asked to produce and record the who’s who of the Australian Garage scene for the 40th Anniversary tribute album to the seminal Nuggets compilation, originally compiled by Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith band).
The Straight Arrows have toured Thee Oh Sees, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, The Black Lips, Jay Reatard (RIP) and Ty Segall and saw ‘It’s Happening’ receive a flood of praise. The debut scored Album Of The Week from the likes of radio stations FBi, 2SER, RTR and 3RRR and also landed them an invite to perform at the hugely respected Goner Fest in Memphis, Tennessee and a few rounds of touring the USA and Europe.
Slowly the four honed their reverb-laden, fuzzed out, punk garage into scrappy perfection and in the process gained an outstanding reputation for being ‘‘the band that will make you start your own band’’.
Taking a trip further down memory lane, the Straight Arrows all began with Owen Penglis yelling about getting dumped and kicked out of bands into a four-track cassette machine in his bedroom. He was soon joined by Alex Grigg, Angela Bermuda, and Adam Williams, all friends with colourful musical pasts.
‘Rising’ is an exciting follow up and sees the band step things up in a huge way but in the warm dirty garage pop way we love them for.
STRAIGHT ARROWS – RISING
02. Fruit Of The Forest
03. Can’t Stand It
05. Continental Son
06. Don’t Tell Me
07. Rotten Teeth
08. Make Up Your Mind
09. Without Ya
10. Don’t Call My Name
12. Changing Colours
13. Never Enough
STRAIGHT ARROWS – IT’S HAPPENING
01. Bad Temper
02. It Begins
03. Magic Sceptre
04. Mind Control
06. Something Happens
07. It Happens Again
08. From The Start (Get It)
09. Haunted Out
10. Golden Torch
11. Running Wild
Album Of The Week: FBI FM – Sydney, 2SER FM – Sydney, RTR FM – Perth, RRR Soundscape, THE BRAG Syd.
Graduating into the realm of MEDIUM FIDELITY, the group moved into Tim Done’s home/studio/archaic equipment museum, HANGING TREE, for a few days and recorded direct into his STRICTLY 1950s equipment, resulting in a release where almost all of the instruments can be heard. Mixing with the awesomeness that is Brent Griffin/SPOD, the record took on a fuzzed, melodic, and reverberated budget psychedelic bent.