Latterman - Turn Up the Punk, We'll Be Singing [reissue] (Cover Artwork)


Turn Up the Punk, We'll Be Singing [reissue] (2006)

Deep Elm

When did we forget such bands as Latterman, where the music and attitude have been combined so perfectly, to create an album that is not only fueled by passion, but by the friendship and togetherness of its band-mates?

The D.I.Y. melodic punk of Deep Elm's Latterman is not that dissimilar to Hot Water Music, due to the trademark gruff-edged vocals and the slight aggressive approach. Theirs, however, is a somewhat light-hearted version with songs about friendship, community and a strong unified belief in themselves to stand up against the world and away from the crowd. The band's lyrics express a refreshing change; "the reason that I do this is not for the money or the fame, it's so that we can create something more meaningful than the mainstream."

Latterman do not always take themselves so seriously, though, as evident in "There's Never a Reason Not to Party."

They could be mistaken for a pop-punk band here, but like Epitaph's Hot Water Music, and Lock and Key (also a Deep Elm signing), they cross over the line of pop-punk by producing an intensely coarse sound, though never quite hardcore.

Turn Up the Punk, We'll Be Singing is an album full of positivity, catchy hooks and a strong lyrical content. Latterman remind me why I love this genre.