This New York band’s twelve-song, thirty-one minute album is right along the lines of Hot Water Music, old Recess Theory, and other hardcore and punk music with excessive pop influences. (The exception being that Latterman seems to utilize a trumpet from time to time.) The lyrics are occasionally political but also about supporting one another in the scene, while the music is upbeat and fun. It’s alright for what it is, but it just seems as though lots of other bands have covered this territory. I guess if you can’t get enough of this kind of music (pseudo-emo, hardcore punk pop music) then Latterman is for you. But come on, they ended a song with people cheering and clapping. Lame.
–kurt (Deep Elm, www.deepelm.com)