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LATEWAVES - Self-Titled

Album artwork for the self-titled second album from Latewaves.

Release Date: September 29, 2023 Genre: Pop Punk, Alternative Rock, Emo Label: Open Your Ears Records

After a period of eager anticipation, the alt-rock trio Latewaves has delivered their self-titled second album, and it's nothing short of a sonic journey worth embarking upon. Bursting forth with a wave of angsty riffs and anthemic rock songs, this album is a testament to the band's growth, showcasing their evolution while retaining the essence of their signature sound many have come to love.

Latewaves, hailing from the beaches of Asbury Park, NJ, formed in 2016 and quickly made their mark with a series of EPs and East Coast and Midwest tours. With their first full-length album, Hell To Pay, gaining traction and earning them a dedicated fan base, the band has been on a steady rise. Now, with their self-titled sophomore release, they've taken their sound to new heights.

The self-titled second album opens with "ATM," a pop-punk-infused track that immediately grabs your attention with Mike Pellegrino's emotive and infectious vocals. It's a reflection on the band's decade-long journey making music together, set against a backdrop of catchy hooks and a sweet guitar solo.

The album continues with "Frog," a fun and infectious tune that invokes a '90s sitcom theme vibe. It's a celebration of the deep bond shared with that one person in your life with whom you can truly be yourself.

"I Don't Wanna Be Alone Anymore" pays homage to mid-western emo, with classic guitar noodling and a strong emphasis on guitar-driven melodies. It's a melodic gem that showcases the band's musical prowess.

One of the standout tracks, "Hurt," is a long-drawn rock anthem that allows the heartfelt lyrics to shine. "Italian Smokes," the album's lead single, strikes a balance between sombre and uplifting, drawing inspiration from The Replacements' 1987 hit "Can't Hardly Wait." The acoustic guitar-driven track delves into anxiety and gratitude, encapsulating a spectrum of emotions.

"Plane," featuring Pollyanna, introduces a fresh dynamic to Latewaves' sound, infusing the album with infectious energy. It's a testament to the band's willingness to explore new territories.

Closing out the album are "Same Air" and "Night Terrors." "Same Air" embraces a shoegazey rock sound reminiscent of some artists currently in the scene, notably Movements, with Mike Pellegrino's vocals even evoking comparisons to Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music. Meanwhile, "Night Terrors" is a fast-paced alternative rock track that combines pure emotion with moments that will surely get listeners grooving and dancing along.

On the new record, the band has achieved a remarkable balance between their past and present. They've retained the elements that made their earlier music resonate with fans while exploring new sonic territories and lyrical depths. It's an album that captures the essence of self-growth, offering listeners a powerful and emotional rock experience that leaves a lasting impression. Latewaves has truly come into their own with this self-titled release, making it a must-listen for anyone who values musical evolution and heartfelt storytelling.


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The latest press photo of pop punk/emo trio latewaves.
Photo courtesy of Ali Nugent.

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