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Latterman
Latterman
Turn Up the Punk, We'll Be Singing
Deep Elm


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "The Biggest Sausage Party Ever"

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Editor's Note: For the last nine years, Splendid's reviews have been edited pretty aggressively -- for grammar, punctuation, spelling, usage, accuracy, coherence and thoroughness of argument, and even adherence to "house" style. There are two reasons for this. First of all, I've always believed that for online magazines to succeed, they must offer the highest quality content possible. Second, how can you trust a publication to recommend music if its writers can't tell the difference between there, their and they're? That said, editing is extremely time consuming, and on many occasions over the last nine years, I've wondered what would happen if I took a week off and let the reviews go through completely untouched. Long story short: this week, from December 5th through December 10th, is that week, and the review you're about to read is untouched by editorial hands. Will this new (and very temporary) hands-off policy make a difference? Will you even notice? We'll see...

To read Turn Up The Punk, We'll be Singing's liner notes, you'd think Latterman were one of the most influential emo bands ever and that this album represented their most important work. Whoever wrote the intro speaks in breathless terms of the album's power to not only revitalize the Long Island punk scene (which, apparently, has gone drastically downhill in the 3 years since this album was first released), but also battle patriarchy, racism, and homophobia.

The only problem is that, much like No Matter Where We Go...! (the album from earlier this year that marked Latterman's return from a brief hiatus), there's nothing fresh or original about the band. As songs like "My Dreams About Not Sleeping Until 3 PM" and "Rebellion Vs. the Alarm Clock" demonstrate, they're pretty straightforward screamo. Admittedly, frontman Matt Canino does have an impressive enough set of vocal chords, and the lyrics stray from the genre's usual heartbroken laments to speak about broader issues, but neither of these factors are strong enough to recommend Turn Up The Punk, We'll Be Singing over any other band on Deep Elm, Victory, or Vagrant.



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