Guitar-driven pop quartet Latimer House, has released their debut album, All The Rage. Beginning back in 2010, the band brought together their music influences of the 60’s and 70’s to create a mixture of sounds that land them somewhere between The Strokes and The Smiths. Love it or hate it, like it or not, here is All The Rage.
Although the band originates from Prague, each member actually comes from somewhere else. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Joe Cook, comes from London, Amar Yusufov, keyboard player and backup vocalist comes from Baku, bassist Michael Jetton hails from Virginia, and drummer / percussionist Jiří (George) Kominek, comes from Toronto. All The Rage is possible due to the work of engineer Derek Saxenmeyer and additional musicians Jim Thompson on mandolin, Tommy Levecchia on trumpet, and Justin Lavash on guitar. Their contributions have added that extra sense of fullness to the album.
Depending on where you look, Latimer House has a charm to it. The violins, heartfelt messages, and amazing sound quality all help to paint a beautiful picture. “Your Love” opens very softly without the help from vocals for nearly a minute and then relies more on backup vocals that really create a gentle atmosphere. In addition to these great soft moments, Latimer House also shines when it fully commits to its fun side, which “Splash” is an example of. The album has ten tracks total and starts out with the last track the band recorded, “This is Pop.”
With the britpop side being so prominent, repetitivity can become a problem, which it does in most of the longer tracks. The drums set a foundation that coaxes this stagnant pace to continue onward. The rare backup vocals add an appreciated spice that compliment Cook much more so than the echoed vocals of the last track “Bubblegum.”
It seems that at least at this point in time (considering this is their debut album) Latimer House is more committed to their pop side over their alternative side. The problem with that is the pop side does not have a strong enough pull to rely upon as its largest component. If they would elaborate on the Pink Floyd vibes and give Cook more of an opportunity to open up vocally, they may have something extraordinary to share. Adding an additional guitar player could help to take the emphasis off of Cook, as well as add a new guitar flavor to the mix. They already have a solid sound, but the next level of detail will likely be the pot of gold at the end of their rainbow.
For their debut, Latimer House showcases ten tracks lovingly wrapped in one package that is, All The Rage. Fans of pop will be drawn to The Beatles and Phoenix flavored lightheartedness of many of the tracks while others will crave more of the reflective and softer tracks hidden within. Latimer House may really be onto something, but only time will tell.
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