Latecomer makes furious punk music full of barked mantras and breakneck tempos. The band released its Bet Your Life EP a few weeks back.
The EP’s title track gets its strength from simplicity. Sledgehammer guitars alternate between supercharged “Lust For Life“-style riffs and boiling, single-chord passages that ratchet up the sense of clenched-teeth intensity already instilled by throat-shredding vocals. The song’s central refrain–“Ain’t got nothing I can’t afford!”–is a middle finger in the face of a culture that tells us we need to buy and keep buying until we’re happy. The gnarled cherry on top is a squealing guitar break preceded by a screamed “Rock and roolllll!” Plus, check out that album art!