Daily Archives: Thursday, 26th May 2005

Maximo Park – A Certain Trigger

Do you know what it’s like to have a line or two from a song going round and round in your head? I’ve got a severe case of that with Graffiti, the third single from Newcastle band Maximo Park. I first noticed them when Apply Some Pressure was out earlier in the year, but it was Graffiti that really caught my attention. Caught it enough for me to buy their debut album, A Certain Trigger on Monday, and I’ve been playing it on my way to and from work ever since. The sound is of the slightly jagged, guitar driven variety that tends to appeal to me, with vocals sung in uncompromising Geordie accents, which is a Good Thing – it helps give them an identity of their own.

There’s a lot to like here. Currently, my favourite track is Graffiti which has those lines I referred to:

I’ll do graffiti if you sing to me in French
What are we doing here if romance isn’t dead?

All done very nicely. Catchy tune, interesting words, and appealing vocals. All that and a nice indie guitar sound.

The other highlight for me is Acrobat, which features a semi-spoken opening section:

…My foot nearly brushes your leg
I can’t draw it away; I can’t push it forward
It lies stranded. It belongs to someone else.
We knew each other once
This can’t be what you want but
You didn’t have to destroy me


Then there’s The Coast is Always Changing, which was their first single (limited release, which is probably why I missed it). This is another really strong song, and as catchy as a very catchy thing. It’s a little early to be sure (I’ve only been living with this album for a few days), but so far, this feels like one of the best albums I’ve heard in a while. It works on several levels – bouncy catchy tunes, with some very interesting lyrics. And how many other bands use semi-colons in their lyric sheets? Eh?

This is definitely worth a listen or six. If you like Franz Ferdinand[1], you may well find this Geordie band to your taste.

[1] And if you don’t, what the hell is wrong with you? :tongue:

Woo hoo and eeeowww!

Well, the day started quite nicely. My weight was down quite a bit to 201.4 pounds (14 stone 5.4 pounds, 91.4kg), which is the lowest it’s been since October last year. Yay, etc. :bouncy:

Busy day at work, then I started walking home. Aaargh. :???: I hadn’t got all that far when my left knee started to hurt. I’ve had the odd knee pain on and off for a couple of years[1], and I generally just cope with it. But this was bad enough that I felt that walking all the way home would be a bit too painful.[2] So, I got the bus home from Gateshead Metro. Knee hurt some more when I sat down on the bus. And when I went upstairs at home. And for quite a while afterwards. :cry:

It seems to have settled down a bit now, so I’m hoping it was just a brief problem, possibly triggered by having to do some under-desk crawling today[3]. It’ll probably be better tomorrow. I’m sure nobody will be surprised that I decided to take the night off the exercise bike.

On a lighter note, my plane ticket and hotel reservation documents arrived today. That’s for my little trip to TechEd in July. It still feels really strange to think that I’ll be finally getting round to leaving the country[4], getting on a plane, and indeed going to Amsterdam[7]. Still, it’s about time I had some new experiences. :laugh:

[1] Less often and less severe since I started (a) taking glucosamine and (b) lost a wee bit of weight
[2] Have I mentioned that I don’t like pain?
[3] My assistant Aaron normally does that, but since he’s on holiday in Mexico, I have to do it, mutter, mutter.
[4] Well, I’d sort of been thinking of doing it, but I have this problem with tuits[5]
[5] Mostly round ones[6]
[6] Never seem to be able to find them
[7] Funny. I had sort of half-planned that I would take a trip there myself. And now I’m being sent there.