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Latterman
No Matter Where We Go..!
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Rating: 8.5/10 ?


March 22, 2006
Fucking Brilliant. Smart, joyful, fun, responsible. Latterman are punk rock for anyone with a youthful spirit who has not lost all faith in the idea that punk can be transcendent. The first thing I feel when I listen to Latterman is that I wish they were around when I was 16. That way the passion of the music and the height of my energy could have collided.

For now, since I'm older, I'll muster all the energy I have to bounce around the room when a song like "Doom! Doom! Doom!" blasts through the speakers. That track, the finest on this Long Island group's second album, pretty much sums up the group's philosophy, both sonically and lyrically. The song is driving and chugging, amazing for bouncing up and down to and singing along. On the lyrical tip it's all about optimism and positive thinking, with the refrain of "Hold on to these moments that have meaning."

At times Latterman recall the music of Dillinger 4 and the message of Hot Water Music, but in reality comparisons such as those will simply not do them justice. Embracing ideas of tolerance and equality, they relate rather than preach, and the New Yorkers never let a diatribe get in the way of a good time. The most poignant and relevant theme they explore on No Matter Where We Go..! is the propensity of emo and punk groups to unleash misogynist anthems about killing girlfriends. "My Bedroom is Like For Artists," the album's closer, is the ultimate put down for all those lame ass emo bands who sing about killing girls who broke their hearts just as, like, a uh, metaphor and stuff.

No Matter Where We Go..! is certainly rough around the edges, but more often than not its scruffiness is charming rather than frustrating. Musically the group is tight and talented, but their songs unfortunately suffer at the hands of a recording that is far from superb. Turning a negative into a positive (or at least neutralizing it), Latterman go so far as to mention in the liner notes that the microphones were cheap. Speaking of microphones, one of the most glaring drawbacks of the album is the vocals, which are generally buried deeper in the mix than they should be, and the sing-alongs, which often sound like muddled shouting.

Good times and a strong message are not mutually exclusive, and Latterman's No Matter Where We Go..! proves that. Punk rock's flare for energy, passion and progressive thinking are alive and well, at least in this group, and best of all their music is catchy. Imagine that. I look forward to hearing what they do next.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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