From States Away - Hypervigilant Review

 Photography: Jordan Beschel

Photography: Jordan Beschel

New York Pop-Punk band From States Away gather together to bring you their sophomore EP, Hypervigilant. The EP is a collection of songs about living with anxiety and depression, being an outsider, and heartbreak.

Hypervigilant will be released tomorrow on July 8th!

You can check out the music video for the lead single from the album, “Fight of Flight,” right here! The video showcases the band's high-energy and attitude that heads into the album. 

“Fight or Flight” kicks off the tone of the EP and gets you in the mindset for pure anthem-driven, energetic pop-punk. The big, dramatic choruses and crunchy guitar tones sound really solid and certainly hypes you up for more.

“'Fight or Flight' is the introduction to the story of 'Hypervigilant'," says frontman and vocalist Chris Lauletti. “It depicts the initial journey a person begins to go through when they start to feel anxiety/depression for the first time. We shot the video over a span of two days with Alex Tuttle from Idealist Media Services, who we've worked with in the past. We attempted to capture the energy of our live performances, and utilize time manipulation to communicate the lonely feeling that often comes with the beginning of that initial journey." 

The band clearly takes inspiration from the mid-2000's heyday of the pop-punk genre which shows a lot in “Ashes,” the second song on the EP. Instantly catchy, the band shows a very “heart-on-thier-sleeves” lyrical nature, where nothing remains cryptic for long. 

“Serenity” opens strong with a low bass riff and becomes a somber punk ballad with a catchy hook. Lauletti sings with a passion and his enthusiasm really comes through on “Serenity” and the closing track  “Chasing Amy.”

Tracklist for Hypervigilant:
1. Fight or Flight
2. Ashes
3. Ferris Wheel
4. Serenity
5. Chasing Amy


Hypervigilant gets a 7 out of 10.

From States Away are doing what they're good at in this release. A few of the songs sound similar, and if you're looking for a change-up or a fresh take on the genre, you might want to look elsewhere. But if raw retro pop-punk is your thing, From States Away will certainly scratch that itch!

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