On Late Bloomer's third full length, 'Waiting,' the band have truly come into their own with an achingly human record that explores the crushing uncertainty of adulthood through a mix of hook-driven guitar rock and punk urgency.
After honing their sound through their 2013 debut and 2014’s lauded Things Change, the band teamed with producer/engineer Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Pixies, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts) on 'Waiting.' The result effortlessly blends each members’ seemingly disparate influences into a dynamic sound that ranges from roaring to tender—often within the same track. The fuzzy familiarity of college rock effortlessly collides with the intensity of punk and hardcore, all serving to propel the band’s biggest choruses to date.
Lyrically 'Waiting' explores universal challenges like reconciling one’s past self with the present, and striving to realize what’s worth holding onto and what’s better left behind. Late Bloomer’s roots in DIY punk provide an innate desire to question the world around them—an instinct that doesn’t simply go away with adulthood—but on 'Waiting' the band is quick to question the cultures of these music scenes as well. Much of 'Waiting' finds the band trying to see the world through someone else’s eyes, looking at interpersonal relationships from a different direction as they develop and dissolve, and trying to figure out how to navigate it all while life inevitably keeps moving.