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, you may well find this Geordie band to your taste.
 And if you don’t, what the hell is wrong with you?