Album Review // All The Rage by Latimer House
By Kevin Tshiamala
Before the indie scene took off and produced a stronger, new more invasive species of hipsters, there was Britpop. A musical genre brought on by the British invasion, The Beatles, and carried forth by The Stone Roses and The Smiths. It thrived in the MySpace generation and in the same fashion as the evolution of Ska, its successors, Oasis, Radiohead, The Verve and more, took the best parts of Britpop and adapted it to form a new genre. Leaving the worst of Britpop behind and unlikely to duplicate the sounds of its legendary founders, The Beatles, Britpop as it was once known never progressed and remained stagnant with its MySpace faithful. But far out of left field, Prague to be exact is Latimer House. A four piece band enthralled with the Britpop sound, authentic British accent and all, who recently released their new full length Britpop album, All The Rage.
Each song on the album has something to offer to those that enjoy the vocal tonality of Lou Reed, the Britpop sounds of The Smiths, and the instrumentation of bands such as Phoenix. Their lead single, “This is Pop,” kicks off the album. The walking bass line, driving 4/4 time, minimalistic guitar and drum patterns similar to The Wonders is a strong indicator of what to expect throughout the following nine songs. Much like their predecessors, Latimer House bases many of their song foundations on layered stringed instrument patterns, violin, cello, upright bass, as well as piano/key inputs. This is a must have for a Britpop hopeful and Latimer House pass the grade as evidenced through songs like “Burn” and “Eye Can See.”
Latimer House is composed of Joe Cook (guitar, vocals), Anar Yuufov (Keyboards, backing vocals), Jiri Kominek (percussion, drums), and Michael Jetton (bass). The band is influenced by classic 1960’s and 1970’s pop and rock although they appreciate funk, folk, new wave, experimental rock and jazz. The main influences of 60’s pop/rock are extremely prevalent throughout All The Rage, but much like the reason for the diminishing popularity of Britpop, the album tends to be a bit redundant and predictable, ultimately causing the listener to lose interest.
The album closes out with “Bubblegum.” It is a more new wave, Bob Dylan vocal, Tom Petty-type song that shows the bands depth capabilities and musical diversity. The song gives a space that the band could explore more, adding more diversity throughout their work and gathering a broader audience than ye ol’ Britpop enthusiasts. Overall the album, All The Rage by Latimer House, has its promising moments and like most early bands has it’s downs. “If you have a soft spot of 80’s inflected Britpop, that’s more Beatles than Smiths, like Utopia or Ringo’s solo work then make sure you check this out” (Hiplanta.com). Props to whoever did the cover art.
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