Lost Balloons - s/t [Import CLEAR VINYL] - New LP
"featuring long year close friends Yusuke Okada (SUSPICIOUS BEASTS) and Jeff Burke (RADIOACTIVITY, MARKED MEN) both on guitar and vocals. Started in Japan in 2011 as a practice space recording project grew to power pop explosion and punk experimentals.
Both are incredible musicians with enormous creativity and songwriting output. Overall the multitude of outcomes we adore their artistic earnestness - so we´re more than proud to release the debut LOST BALLOONS record! We got it literally shipped the day before they had their first show ever - trivia fact is that also RADIOACTIVITY had their first tour in Europe after we put their debut 7" out.
Hands down, Jeff Burke is blessed with killer songwriting, paired up with his undeniable breathtaking voice he´s relentlessly winning in our game. Garage aficionado Yusuke reflects the luminous amplification, the new flourishes to stretch the already perfect formula and good potion of nuttiness and open shoelaces. It derives to an album full of hyperactive hymns to acoustic pop hits and some dips of psychedelia and square synths. C’mon - this is a melodic hit collection and if it ain´t in you top ten of 2015 it´ll hit it next year. Yes, we plan rerelease this album in 2045 as a seven double A-Side 7" box due to popular demand. For now, the 180g vinyl on clear vinyl with a cardboard inner sleeve should heighten your demand. All artwork original hand drawn by Yusuke Okada."
- Alien Snatch Records
warm as a summer breeze, power pop essentials from the duo Yusuke Okada (Japan) of Suspicious Beasts and Jeff Burke (Texas) of Marked Men, Radioactivity, the two playing all instruments and splitting the songwriting/singing duties. (And Okada does the cool sleeve artwork.) You can clearly hear elements of both of these two artists’ home states in these records, arguably more than their other bands. In fact, some of the most powerful moments clearly seem a one-of-a-kind blending of not just these two artists but of music traditions of Texas and Japan. And if you listen carefully through the punk of these two Lost Balloons' records (or lots of punk records) you can hear the pop that is clearly on display here. like everything these two have done, these are gems, shining like the summer sun. -- winch