Apply Some Pressure





Maximo Park are in a dubious position. Are they a sign of the times or opportunists? A hit is a hit, though, regardless of timing. Hailing from the north of England, Newcastle to be exact, they are from a very timely hotbed of musical activity. The A&R population must have quadrupled with the Futureheads, from nearby Sunderland, and Franz Ferdinand, from Scotland slightly to the north, hitting it big. Not as quirky or retro, take the Cars and Weezer, add some Jam and Buzzcocks and your talking about five-piece Maximo Park. It seems the crisp, angular, thin tones of the Telecaster everyone is sporting these days make it the required fiddle de jour. They have the edgy art-popping sound of the underground. That being said, first track "Apply Some Pressure" is ready for radio. Just as important, it's ready for the dance floor because the kids, these kids, they love to rock-n-roll. Vocalist Paul Smith has a voice you can handle from the get go. His accent slips in from time to time for added charm especially on "The Coast Is Always Changing". The backing vocal melodies of "Fear of Falling" are classic Beach Boys inspired pop, reminds me of power-poppers Silver Sun from a few years ago. The organ and syncopated timing of "I Want To Leave" is part retro prog a la Emerson, Lake and Powell crossed with a totally different chorus. Sort of like a mash-up inside a song. The mini Doors jazzy freak out at 1:07 is great! Currently on the road in the UK for the next two months, look for these guys to cross the pond in a big way. Five guys, four songs. A great start.

Maximo Park
Warp Records

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Apply Some Pressure