Matt Latterell
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Matt Latterell

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | SELF

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | SELF
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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"Matt Latterell Returns to St. Cloud"

Songwriter and Foley-native Matt Latterell returns to Central Minnesota for his first St. Cloud performance in four years on Friday at the White Horse.

Latterell recently released his solo CD "Charades," which is the follow-up to his risque 2008 concept album "Sweetheart Boy of the Rainbow Cafe."

Local folks might recognize him better as one of the voices behind his previous band Hokey.

With "Charades," Latterell continues to construct catchy melodies and hooks out of simple thick layers of sound.

Songs like the simple minor-driven ballad "Bernadette" and the skippy "Live With Me" stick with you for hours while "Beware of Short Haired Girls on Bicycles" and "You Only Call Me When You Want Some" bring that Hokey feel.

"Charades" dabbles in sounds across the spectrum from alternative rock to new folk to banjo-tinged roots music. It's a solid solo effort from Latterell who continues to discover new musical landscapes with each project he touches.

Take a listen for yourself at

October 2010 - Adam Hammer - St. Cloud Times


- Charades (2010) - Debut LP available digitally on all major online stores and at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis.
- Sweetheart Boy of the Rainbow Cafe (2008) - Murder mystery epic available digitally on all major online stores. Limited edition blue box with story book sold out.

- The Kids Are All Adults/Hostage (2011) - Online single currently exclusive to



Matt Latterell (27) is a singer/songwriter based out of Northeast Minneapolis. Known for its small town vibe and strong artistic culture, the neighborhood has become the perfect home to Latterell, who began writing songs as a kid in the small town of Foley, MN, some thirteen years ago. In the spring of 2010 Matt Latterell released his album, Charades, which he described in an interview with KFAI (90.3 FM) as a “love letter to Nordeast.”

Charades represents Latterell’s first full-length solo release. He had previously released albums with the now defunct band, Hokey, as well as a few EPs. In 2008 Latterell released the EP “The Sweetheart Boy of the Rainbow Café,” a satirical take on a real-life murder mystery from his hometown. Though the lyrics were unflinchingly explicit, the CD (issued with storybook and stickers) helped Latterell begin to make a name for himself in Minneapolis. He soon became a regular act at his favorite Northeast bar, the 331 Club, a development that would have a huge influence on his next release.

“As my credit statement would attest, I was definitely overextending my budget for Jameson, Surly Bender and Marb 27s while writing Charades,” Latterell explained. One of the album’s themes, alongside drinking, is of the paradoxical relationship of a young folk singer to the traditions of American music and the modern malaise of the commercial world he’d grown up in. “I wished badly to relate to the heritage of real music,” Latterell says, “but as a kid who learned guitar at the dawn of nu-metal you have no roots in that.”

In May of 2010 the track “You Only Call Me When You Want Some” debuted on The Current’s Local Show (89.3 FM). The Charades album was released with a show at the 331 Club a few weeks later. Since the album’s release Matt has begun to abandon his usual acoustic sound. Recent performances find him with a semi-hollow electric guitar, sometimes accompanied on drums by Holly Newsom (Zoo Animal). Matt provided some clues to his next direction: “With Charades I was arranging songs I’d written for solo acoustic performance. Now I’d like to write for the studio. The live performance will figure itself out.”

On New Year’s Day 2011 Latterell surprised fans with the release of a free online single via On the two new tracks, “The Kids Are All Adults” and “Hostage,” Matt moves towards a bolder sound, with a delivery reminiscent of gospel music. Future online releases are expected throughout 2011.
-Matthew Rheaume, January 2011