Latterman
No Matter Where We Go...!


4.5
superb

Review

by Joe Costa USER (34 Reviews)
October 8th, 2006 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Latterman's sophmore album is a fun, brilliantly passionate, and gritty romp through pop punk. Filled to the brim with gang choruses, sing along hooks, and melodic soloing, this album could very well be the sountrack to your next party.

Long Island is a veritable breeding ground for hardcore and its variants. Bands like Glassjaw, Crime in Stereo, and This is Hell all have spawned from there. So it would seem weird that Latterman sounds the way they do. If you are a fan of Against Me! or any of the new class of raw and gritty pop-punk acts, you’ve probably heard the name before, but never bothered to listen to them. Well, their sophomore album, No Matter Where We Go…! is a quite superb effort from a band that seems to be the odd-man out in their local scene.

Probably Latterman’s best quality is the sheer enjoyment factor inherent in their music. The album is chalk full of catchy choruses, sing along chants, and plenty of hooks. Granted, this band is no Panic! At the Disco, as their sound is much less polished and refined. Latterman shows probably better than any other band out there that music can be catchy while not feeling cheap or forced. Overall, the album focuses mainly on the theme of friendship and loyalty to the ones you love. While it may seem almost cliché to those who haven’t heard Latterman, one cannot deny the passion that the band plays and sings with, which seems to make any sort of lyrical cliché forgivable.

Probably the bands biggest strength is when they employ gang choruses, something that they tend to do quite a bit. For some unexplainable reason, the choruses actually reinforce the message that the band is trying to send. Maybe its because there is such an obvious sense of unity and dedication in the band, or maybe, its something else. Probably the most outstanding vocal/lyrical interplay on this record incarnates itself in Zombies are PissedBut when all is said and done, its obvious that the band believes in what they are singing and that’s an incredible strength of this album.

Musically, Latterman really fall in an odd category. They certainly are not the same shoddy three-chord punk that has been rehashed by an innumerable amount of bands over the years, yet they really don’t do anything that is extraordinarily difficult. Probably the easiest comparison to make would be to Chicago’s favorite sons, The Lawrence Arms. Gracefully sloppy, jaggedly melodic, and all around catchy-as-AIDS, Latterman utilizes a lot of octave chord rhythms as well as minimalist melodic soloing (see An Ode to Jon Contra, Pt 2 and Fear and Loathing on Long Island for probably the best examples).

But what really sets Latterman apart from their peers in the genre is their ability to craft amazing songs. From the lyrics, to the melody, to the vocals, and really everything about the music, its hard to not find at least one aspect of their music enjoyable. The guitars and bass interweave without ever playing the same thing, which is something that is unfortunately missing from a lot of pop-punk nowadays.

It’s hard to say a lot about this record without reiterating the same points, which a lot of people would consider a detraction from the quality of this band. But to be completely honest, when the music sounds this good, its hard to complain about a lack of variety. No Matter Where We Go…! is a superb effort from a rising band with tons of potential. And while this record certainly isn’t perfect, it comes damn close, and probably a lot closer than many of Latterman’s peers will ever get.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Intransit
October 8th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

short review. Im not entirely sold on it, but meh. I plan on doing the rest of the bands discography as well.

Zesty Mordant
October 17th 2006


1196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes, Latterman rules and I can't stop listening to this album, particularly "Fear and Loathing on Long Island". Great review

Intransit
October 17th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I totally agree. have you heard their new album "...We Are Still Alive" yet?

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 23rd 2006


3709 Comments


Good job. This looks fairly interesting, actually.

Zesty Mordant
October 23rd 2006


1196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I totally agree. have you heard their new album "...We Are Still Alive" yet?

no, its a bitch trying to get a hold of their albums for some reason.
but i plan to.

Intransit
October 23rd 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh dude, definitely check it out. Its on Soulseek, but I can send it to you via email or AIM if you'd like. Im still trying to debate if the new album is better than this, but its great nonetheless.

Thanks for the compliments, and I urge everyone to check this out.

Cesar
February 26th 2007


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Want to liosten more of this, only heard what they have on myspace.


Mirror.Circuit
July 12th 2007


223 Comments


These guys are amazing,the perfect soundtrack to summer.
Good review too.

Intransit
July 14th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed. My Bedroom is Like For Artists is the ultimate summer song pretty much.

OneDeadCop112
December 17th 2008


57 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great band, but i feel this was their weakest of the 3 albums.

It's still fucking great nonetheless...

'... We Are Still Alive' is the bands best IMO.

thebbqshrimp
July 28th 2009


1207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys deserve a bump. This is what pop-punk is supposed to be. The song Fear and Loathing In Long Island never gets old no matter how many times I listen to it. Reminds me of early Brand New. So good.

couch
October 21st 2009


311 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is so good (:|>

BigHans
October 4th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Raising. Album rules fucking face.

BigHans
October 6th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

bumping again

EVedder27
October 29th 2010


6088 Comments


album and band are amazing

Satellite
October 29th 2010


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dude who wrote this is the dude who told me about this site (and this band) forever ago. haha.

americanmusicmachine
October 29th 2010


3953 Comments


hey hey ! !

EVedder27
October 29th 2010


6088 Comments


that's awesome. I'm lucky I found out through mxtabs

BigHans
December 1st 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Im not resting pimping Latterman until this has 100 ratings.

EVedder27
December 1st 2010


6088 Comments


agreed



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