No relation to Linkin Park thankfully.Maximo Park are the lastest British band to be given the 'next big thing' tag by the music press.Formed in Newcastle.Maximo Park have built themself a strong following and have even got Britain's best new Producer Paul Epworth (Bloc Party,The Futureheads,Babyshambles)in to turn their debut album into a Indie classic.
''I'am young and i'am lost.Every sentence has it's cost'' Coast Is Always Changing
Already one of strong contenders for this year's Mercury music prize and a top 5 hit in the Uk.Maximo Park are now one of Britain's favourite new band and when you listen to 'A Certain Trigger' you'll understand.The songs are brillant and spikey.Whlist the lyrics are like Morrissey on Prozac.First single 'Apply Some Pressure' is as strong as anything Kaiser Chiefs or Bloc Party could come up with.Even on some of the album's weakest moments like 'Acrobat' and 'Once, A Glimpse' there is still inspiration and fresh ideas around.Frontman Paul Smith's lyrics are at times brillant as they are sometimes wacky and cheesey.But thankfully tracks like 'Graffiti' and 'Going Missing' sercure Smith's place as one of the finest new songwriters in the world today.Taking influences from the likes of Gang of four,The Futureheads and The Smiths.Maximo Park create a brillant and Arty pop rock sound and even if it isn't the most original one around they still make their own.
''I sleep with my hands across my chest and i dream of you.With someone else'' Going Missing
What with Bloc Party's dull 'Silent Alarm'.Kaiser Chiefs taking the pop a little bit too far on 'Employment' and Manchester's Nine Black Alps ripping off Nirvana on their debut 'Everything Is'.It's safe to say that 'A Certain Trigger' is possibly the only British album you need this year.Like Franz Ferdinand in 2004.Maximo Park have created a youthful,energetic and classic album.Hats off to them.
Apply Some Pressure
The Coast Is Always Changing
Stay Away From:
Once, A Glimpse
Like This,Try These:
The Futureheads (6/10)