Who told Latimer House it was okay to sound like Rooney meets Coconut Records? How did we let this happen? Well, either way, it’s fine, because Latimer House is a pop-rock hybrid that could easily stand alongside a band like Rooney. Well, a Prague-take on power-pop or Brit-rock-esque Rooney, anyway. I love it.
“This Is Pop” is like a scathing indictment of the current state of pop-rock (“hipster”-y) music while also being the very thing it’s almost railing against. This is easily the kind of track that you’d find in a commercial for a fruit drink or for some kind of InBev “millenial”-inspired advertising campaign. I could easily see images of multi-cultural hipsters at a rooftop party drinking terrible beer while Latimer House is blaring over the soundtrack. Maybe I’m reading too much into it.
“Birdcage Walk” has a Blur-quality to it that I can’t shake. It’s almost like a simplified version of “Parklife,” but a tad slower. Joe Cook’s voice is fantastic and drastically different than someone like Damon Albarn. Deeper and more relaxed, for sure, but also more in-tune with Jarvis Cocker from Pulp.
“Bubblegum” is a kind of slick, sexy track that would typically become my favorite track on an album, however; its harder than the rest of Latimer House’s album, which leaves me a tad cold. It’s a weak spot on an otherwise flawless album. It does speak to the notions of ambition in the music industry, but at the same time, it feels somewhat self-indulgent.
All The Rage is a great album, varied and fascinating, worthy of listening. It’s on Spotify, so, give it a go if you’re interested. I think Latimer House is a band worth paying attention to.
"Latimer House - "All The Rage"" is on sale February 10, 2014 from N/A.