A horrible hack

Latchstring

Solstice

Year Released: 2017
Format: Tape
Label: Cult Culture
 
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Sep 14, 2018
Latchstring are a five-piece made up of Southampton heads who've been around the DIY block. This is their second release, and it features four songs of spry, engaging punk rock that brings to mind a bunch of fairly disparate influences. The backbone is definitely in hock to revolution summer, with the likes of first-album Soulside, early Gray Matter and a scrawnier Embrace swirling around the comparison pot. Elsewhere, the strained, conversational vocals and jangly guitar parts hint at Moonraker, while the back-up vox and chunky, could-be-buff-but-hate-the-gym riffs suggest a definite fondness for Turning Point. It's a really cool release, and anyone intrigued by the names I've already dropped or the idea of a homegrown Self Defense Family should definitely make a beeline over to their Bandcamp page.


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