LATTE+: Next to Ruin: CD

Come the end of days, I would love to be in a position to know how many bands were formed having been influenced by Ramones. Italians Latte+ has been knocking around for a couple of decades now and has nailed down a sound that is built firmly on the foundations of one the most influential bands, punk or otherwise, ever. Taking on board elements of Screeching Weasel and bands of that later era have given this trio the ability to sound old and new in equal measure. Songs are easy to follow with song structures lacking any sense of surprise, yet this is one of the reasons why bands like this can succeed in using a formula that has been widely tried and tested. Unless you fuck with it in a big way, it should usually result in a winning outcome. I like this a lot; the guitar drives the songs well and they are also great to sing along too. It’s all done very well and this should appeal to fans of the Brothers Ramone. –Rich Cocksedge (Phocomelic Music, [email protected])