Missing Songs





Life is good for Newcastle’s Maximo Park. Last year alone the Warp band had a successful world tour, sold out shows in the UK, New York and Australia, and got a nomination for a Mercury Prize to boot! Their angular guitar power pop rock is second to none, and they shine a million times brighter than their contemporaries do. Now the band is releasing a special, and fan-friendly, collection of UK B-sides, demos, and other rarities. The album kicks off with their War Child track, “A19”, and starts out a lot like The Who, before erupting into a full on jam. The next song, “Isolation” is a very interesting cover of John Lennon’s tune, and if the listener didn’t know any better it would be easy to confuse it as a true Maximo Park song. “My Life In Reverse” is a little slower than the other numbers on the CD, and it is here that front man Paul Smith’s vocals are very similar to Jarvis Cocker’s snarl/speak-rather-than-sing style of delivery. This same styling was also heard on A Certain Trigger’s “Acrobat”. The B-side that stands out the most is “Hammer Horror”. The song originally was the B-side to “Graffiti” and features throwback surfer guitar licks and Smith’s signature cleverly written poetry style lyrics. The new record also includes three rough demos of “Apply Some Pressure”, “Graffiti”, and “Once A Glimpse”. We may have to wait a little longer for that follow-up sophomore album, but at least we have this to tide us over. I am just happy that it is something of substance that makes a nice collection of new-to-you songs, and not just rehashed remixes. Or even worse, nothing at all.

Maximo Park
Warp

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Missing Songs