Almost every song on Straight Arrows' second album, 'Rising' has a solid foundation built from thumping bass and no-nonsense time-keeping. These are some of the most melodic songs outside of San Francisco acts or their fellow Aussies, Tame Impala. The tunes are immediately hooky, ready made for communal sing-alongs. 'Petrified' and 'Never Enough' stretch out and beckon us to follow their journeys. They're only two of three tracks that boast short-lived solos.
In a perfect world, 'Rising' would be a massive pop hit. I applaud the blue-collar workmanship here. 'Rising' is my favorite, non-relinquish-able pair of Chuck Taylors.
Verdict: 4 Bedpans