BALLOON FLIGHTS: Staten Island: LP

Anthem-heavy pop punk along the same trajectories as RVIVR, Latterman, et al. There’s definitely a strong Hüsker Dü/Replacements vibe in these songs. The choruses drop with such loud statements of purpose, each built up in a cathartic crescendo. The closest sonic comparison that springs to mind is mid-career Superchunk. It has the same indie sensibilities, with a similar punk swagger. Pretty good record. I particularly recommend the track “Josh Fury.” –Bryan Static (No Tomorrow / Torreznetes / Kids Don’t Follow / Rufus Recordings)