Late Bloomer, “Late Bloomer” LP
Charlotte, North Carolina’s Late Bloomer have crafted one of those albums that sneaks up on you and steals away unexpectedly. I was listening to it at work today, and when it ended, I immediately thought, “Wait, what? No … that’s not enough.” This trio does what it seems like every band I’ve enjoyed most in the past year does — digging into the not-so-distant past of the early ’90s and melding the disparate pop and rock influences into something new.
If you’d mentioned to me in my early teens that someday, there’d be bands as noisy as Sonic Youth and Nirvana, but tuneful as the Gin Blossoms or the Lemonheads, I’d've laughed at you and thought that was a terrible idea. Your discordance and your melody were never to meet. You could have surprisingly catchy numbers from your loud rockers, but that was more the exception than the rule.
But you take a song like “Disappear,” and you can sing along and rock out simultaneously. That’s legit singing, too — not just hollering in a vaguely harmonic manner. This self-titled LP doesn’t see physical release until the middle of March, but take a listen below and get hooked in yourself.