What do you fight for?
The Latanza Heist ignited in the summer of 2009 in Union County New
Jersey when Ryan Schmitt and Glenn Candrilli met on Bandmix.com.
Immediately on the same page, the two created the riffs which would
eventually become the fan favorites, “The Witching Hour” and “War of
1812.” Unsatisfied with the current NJ/NY music scene, they decided
to bring something new to the table, creating the next great heavy
band, and music that would give people the chills again.
Ryan brought vocalist Everett Lippel to a practice, who immediately
loved what he heard. With experience playing every kind of music,
Everett was a perfect match for the Latanza Heist. Everett
effortlessly adds perfect harmonies and sing-a-longs to heavy
breakdowns and crushing guitar riffs.
After a tireless two-year search for a drummer, the band decided Matt
Klanke to be the man for the job. He's got serious chops, and always
brings creative beats to the table. With Matt’s well-rounded playing
style, he always finds a way to think outside the box and bring
something different to a song.
The last part of the puzzle was a bass player.
The band found seasoned bassist Mark Zamorski by sheer luck. Mark had
very similar ideas on where he wanted this band to go, and after the
first practice, he was in.
The Latanza Heist is a collection of ideas, set off by the experiences
between five individuals who have been involved in about every type of
music. Each song is a catalog of our best work as musicians. The
“Heist” is best characterized by fast tempos, catchy melodies and
emotionally driven vocals. We love nothing more than kids coming to
our shows, pushing to the front of the stage and trying to grab the
microphone. This might seem fickle to some, but it is pounding in our
…There are a million bands out there, and even more genres. There is
good music and bad music. The Latanza Heist is good music, born from
the idea that music should not be segmented by genre.
Our main goal is to make the hairs on your neck stand up. Only then
have we done our job.