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Album Review

In 2006 D.I.Y. punk rockers Latterman finally re-released their impassioned debut, Turn Up the Punk, We'll Be Singing, which was out of print since its original release in 2002. Post-hardcore and pop-punk sensibilities combine with hoarse vocals for ten songs of self-empowerment, friendship, and positivism. The band spends the entire album (including the liner notes) expanding on community-oriented sentiments asserted in the lead track, always bringing the fight back home to the change individuals can bring about locally with friends and within themselves. "The Biggest Sausage Party Ever" addresses the lack of females in the male-dominated punk/hardcore scene, while "Rebellion vs. the Alarm Clock" goes out to all the aging rockers jaded by their daily grind. Energetic and prime for live singalongs, there's no denying Latterman's youthful sincerity, even if the guys are past their teenage years. One soon gets the feeling that the group would love to be singing in crowded basements of their peers forever. Though some of the songs begin to slightly run into one another by the end, Latterman's D.I.Y. attitude, earnest lyrics, and driving rhythms still manage to combine into a refreshing album that more debuts should take their cues from.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Long Island pop-punk/post-hardcore hybridists Latterman first got together around 2001, and Turn Up the Punk, We'll Be Singing was self-released by the band a year later. After a hiatus of a year or so Phil Douglas (guitar/vocals), Matt Cannino (bass/vocals), Mike Campbell (guitar), and Pat Schramm (drums) reconvened around new songs they'd written. They signed to North Carolina indie Deep Elm, who released the band's second effort, No Matter Where We Go, in August 2005. (The label also reissued...
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