We were saddened and shocked to learn that Jiří Kominek, or George as he was more widely known, a founding member of Latimer House and our drummer on All The Rage, passed away earlier today from injuries sustained during a fall down a flight of steps in the early hours.
Joe and George had known each other for years before George mentioned his drumming, in 2010. They started jamming around fragments of old and new song ideas in a sticky old rehearsal room in Prague's Zizkov district. They could never find a bass player but after a few months George had the bright idea of calling Mike, and out of that Latimer House started to form, a process that completed when the trio were in another sticky rehearsal room making a racket when they heard some amazing keyboards emanating from the next rehearsal booth... enter Anar.
The band's regular rehearsal routine was Mike collecting Joe and his guitars in his motor and then picking up George and his snare and hi-hat. As George clambered into the car the air would thicken with the smell of tobacco and his inventive profanities. Fortified by their regular pre-rehearsal munch on Balkan sausages from Zizkov's Bosnian grill house, the band worked on a dozen or more songs until they felt just about ready to go into the studio.
The photograph of George was taken in Faust studios in Prague as we were recording our first album with Derek.
Without Jiří Kominek there would arguably have been no Latimer House. And now he's gone the world is a duller place.
Rest in pease, George. May your memory be a blessing. Joe, Mike, Anar and Derek.
Rough Trade now stock Hey! on 180gm orange vinyl & CD, and All The Rage is back in stock, too. Thanks Nigel!
We're pleased that Hey! made it into the top 20 albums of 2016 put together by Davey Hammond for The Smelly Flowerpot on Cambridge 105. Dave gave the album's Light A Candle a spin on his December 19th broadcast. There's some wonderful music in the top 20, much of which you'll not have heard of. Check out the full programme in all its eclectic glory here top 20 albums 2016. Cheers Dave!
Hey! get's a thumbs-up from this in-depth review in Sounds
Equity was given a spin by Janice Long on her BBC Radio 2 show, listen here. Thank you Janice!
David Bowie, The Beatles, The Replacements, The Stranglers, Big Star and, believe it or not, Genesis are all referenced in this review of Hey! by Here Comes The Flood. Thank you Hans!
Thanks to Dave Hammond for spinning the full length version of Light A Candle on his latest Smelly Flowerpot radio broadcast. As always, a great selection of tunes. Listen to the whole show here. Light A Candle is from Hey!
Dukla Prague Away Kit had good things to say about Equity, our "brilliant new single". Here
Dave Hammond spins Equity on his excellent Smelly Flowepot show on Cambridge 105. Catch the entire show here: https://www.mixcloud.com/daveyhammond/the-smelly-flowerpot-on-cambridge-105-ruth-theodore-sessionnew-and-unsigned/
Heard On The Wire gave our forthcoming album Hey! a preview spin and found "uniform excellence." Wow! Read all about it right here, now: Heard On The Wire
Equity - our brand new single is out now on Honk Records. Taken from our forthcoming album, Hey!, Equity opens with a pounding drum beat that sets the scene for a rhythmic vocal chant before the guitars kick-in and the song opens up. Anar Yusufov's melodic Fender Rhodes and bouyant vocal harmonies lift the choruses to a glorious cacophony of hooks. Honza Keller's epic-sounding cello sweeps in to take the song out, capping three minutes and 39 seconds of pop swagger. Equity is streaming on Spotify and available now from the Latimer House shop, our Bandcamp page, iTunes and Amazon. Dig it!
Light A Candle, a song from our forthcoming album Hey!, was given a spin by Jason Ross on his Bound In Music show on Croydon Radio Friday night. It was a cracking show, with a very cool vibe running throughout. Give it a listen here: http://www.croydonradio.com/embed/showembedcode.php?HistoryID=da92fa26-f5d1-d5df-fa14-6117fd65efeb And thank you, Jason. Hey! will be released soon, watch this space... new music and new art coming your way...
We've finished mixing the songs that we've spent the last umpteen months recording for our next album, Hey! Latimer House on this record are Joe Cook (vocals & guitars), Michael Jetton (bass & guitar), Anar Yusufov (Hammond organ, grand piano, mini Moog, Rhodes) and David Landštof (drums & percussion). Our friends Jan Keller (cello), Justin Lavash (guitar),Ondřej Smeykal (didgeridoo), Tomáš Reindl (tabla), Robert Vašíček (Hammond organ) and Štěpán Zbytovský (flute & bass clarinet) all played, and played brilliantly. Josefine Cook, Yağmur Çağlar, Milena Černáková, Eleanor Wilson, and Barbora Hořejší all sang. Our master of ceremonies in the studio was Derek Saxenmeyer, who recorded and mixed our music, and played on some of it, too. The artwork for Hey! is looking super good, thanks to artist Jon Measures. We'll be unveiling Jon's work, giving our social media a bit of a facelift and - of course - releasing our new music in the not too distant future. Stay tuned here and on our social media pages for news...
We are now on Instagram @Latimer_House
This week we were strumming out some new song ideas, and next week we'll be in the studio with Derek Saxenmeyer (that'll be him at the desk) to mix the 12 songs that we've recorded for Hey!, our forthcoming album... Stay tuned and watch this space!
Dave Hammond opens his show The Smelly Flowerpot on Cambrideg 105 with Bubblegum (Joe Foster Remix), and goes on to spin some excellent music. Check out his feature on the bands and sounds of Cambridge... some great stuff. Thank you Dave! https://www.mixcloud.com/daveyhammond/the-smelly-flowerpot-on-cambridge-105-searching-greycambridge-music-reviews/
Latimer House return with the release of a Joe Foster remix of Bubblegum, the sneering psycho-baroque-pop closer on their debut album, All The Rage.
Foster strips the song down to the central cello riff and underpins it with a relentless beat, leaving the vocal to talk its way through the verse before tripping into reverb in the outgoing refrain.
“The spoken vibe is a sort of word jazz thing, where Rex Harrison meets the Last Poets! And the incessant metal box drums get to one after a while,” says Joe.
Thanks to Hans at Here Comes The Flood for posting about our new release, Bubblegum (Joe Foster Remix). Visit werksman.blogspot.be
A remix of Bubblegum, the closing track on All The Rage, is on its way...
We're on the home straight and approaching the finishing line for our new album, Hey! Over the last few days we've added Hammond, cello, a bit of fretless bass, yet more guitars, and vocals to the newest batch of four songs that we're recording with Derek Saxenmeyer in Prague's Faust Studio. We now have a dozen numbers completed or near completion... just a bit more crooning to do, and then we move to mixing. We've even got John at IWANTdesign working on some artwork for Hey!... so we must be close!
Latimer House vinyl and CDs are now stocked at Jakub's great record shop Music Town, in Prague near the TV Tower! musictown.cz
We were back in the studio earlier this month with David Landstof on drums and Derek Saxenmeyer at the desk to record four new songs. We now have 12 songs in the works for our forthcoming album, which we'll probably call Hey! Working song titles, in alphabetical order, are Around Again, Big Sleep, Content, Crossroads, Equity, Fall, Hey!, Jigsaw, Light A Candle, Oh Yeah, Orange Light and Trick.
Our first single This Is Pop passed 12,000 plays on our Soundcloud page! Go to our Soundcloud link on the Contact page and give it a spin. We still have some copies of the 7" single, pressed on jade vinyl and wrapped in a groovy fold out sleeve, This Is Pop / Shake! is available from our shop and from Rough Trade.
It's all go at Latimer House! Last week we went into Faust Studios for a couple of great sessions with Derek Saxenmeyer, our recording engineer and co-producer, and finished all the guitar-work on the songs that will form our next album. Next week we're back in there again to record the vocals, which leaves us just enough time to do a final edit of the song lyrics...
Many thanks to Dave Hammond for playing yet another song from our album All The Rage. He gave Splash! a spin on his show this week. Listen here Davey Hammond's Smelly Flowerpot
Hey! We take our guitars into the recording studio this week for some work on our latest set of songs.
We've added a new section to the News pages of latimerhouse.com for radio shows, podcasts, playlists and mix tapes. Go here to access podcasts and radio shows that have played Latimer House and other groovy tunes: http://www.mixcloud.com/artist/latimer-house/
Thanks to Dave Hammond for decribing All The Rage as "catchy as hell" and for spinning Burn and Birdcage Walk on the January 6th edition of The Smelly Flowerpot, his great music show broadcast on Cambridge 105fm. Listen to the podcast here.
Thanks to RadioKC for including Shake! in it's Best of 2014. RadioKC
Thanks to Dave Cantrell in Portland, Oregon, for spinning This Is Pop on his Post-holiday, Post-punk Mood Elevators broadcast on January 2nd. xray.fm
A glance at the playlist suggests that we're in good company, here's an extract: XTC this is pop (1978 Kid Jensen Show) LATIMER HOUSE this is pop (All The Rage, 2013) SQUEEZE cool for cats (Cool For Cats, 1979) BUZZCOCKS real world (Love Bites, 1978) MONOCHROME SET march of the eligible bachelors (Eligible Bachelors, 1982) JOHN COOPER CLARKE 36 hours (Snap, Crackle & Bop, 1980)...
Those fine people of taste and distinction at British music blog SeeSound.co.uk have named our album All The Rage in their 2014 Top 10 Albums. We're very pleased about that! Visit Seesound
Spain's Bloodbuzzed music blog has included This Is Pop in its Best Songs of 2014. Here it is!
This Is Pop is like a "breezy stroll through the rock-pop pantheon” and a “nearly perfect single,” say Stereo Embers Magazine, giving it Single of the Week status. We’re chuffed! Read the rave review here
Thanks to Gary on WRFL radio for spinning Open Your Heart amid a really good playlist. Thank you! Listen to the show here.
Rough Trade stock Latimer House vinyl and CDs at their London shops and their online store. What a wonderful record shop! roughtrade
Latimer House are back in the studio this month recording NEW material!
Birdcage Walk spins on Nicrola's October blogcast nicorola.de
"With a sound that falls somewhere between The Talking Heads and Syd Barrett, Until Then is a grooving track from beginning to end, full of potent lyrics and danceable riffs," says US blog Geyser Music as it reviews Birdcage Walk, Until Then and Splash! Read the full review here
"Bouncy, fun and catchy as well as being intelligent and well thought out," says Kev after spinning "album highlight" This Is Pop on his new podcast... Listen to the podcast here, lots of good stuff
Jason Egan's brilliant 7inches blog, dedicated solely to the fine art of 7" vinyl singles, lends an ear to Birdcage Walk and Until Then. Read what he has to say here
One of Britain's finest independent online record retailers, Norman Records, has had the good sense to stock the vinyl version of All The Rage. Norman Record's Clinton had this to say here
"Until Then expands on the group's eclectic templates, featuring horns, heavy guitars, and cerebral lyrics, all contained within one fit-to-spill package of nervous funk, somewhere between Talking Heads and Captain Beefheart territory."
Steve Muscutt spins Birdcage Walk on his June 2014 podcast, The Listening Post Listen to the whole show here
"Album release ‘All The Rage’ is a must-listen for those of you who like a sort of tune-laden, non categorisable, true to you brand of indie-pop ('shit, think we’ve just categorised it'- non-categorising Ed.). From it, ‘Birdcage Walk’ is the latest single, full of jolly pedaled instrumentation, and positive threat." duklapragueawaykit
Jason Ross has played our music several times on his Bound In Music show on Croydon Radio. Thank you, Jason! Here's his June 6th 2014 show, with New Order, The Black Keys and Latimer House, among others!
Fecking Deadly Music ran a nice review of This Is Pop, then six months later updated it to report Latimer House are not based in Prague, which we are! Anyway, they wrote this: "Listen to the rather magnificent indie math rock This Is Pop, a track with the folk sensibilities of Half Man Half Biscuit and the swagger of early Smiths." Thanks very much, and greetings from Prague! feckingdeadly.com
"Gary Crowley is a big fan of Latimer House," says Amazing Radio. And we're big fans of Gary, who's played our records on his Amazing Radio and BBC London shows, and posted our video for This Is Pop on his Amazing Radio web page. Read more here!
Belfast music site Dukla Prague Away Kit blogs our video!