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They're coming back apparently and I'm listening to their debut
and I'm really not sure which one.
They got caught up a little in the post-punk revival backlash and now they're on the headliner rota for every half arsed festival put on by three 20 year olds in a field in the east Midlands, but there's lots of interesting things going on on A Certain Trigger.
They picked up loads of horrible LAD fans from being part of that whole scene. I remember being on the tube back from a show at Brixton on their last album and the tube being packed full of utter Essex city boy lad cnut types, drunkenly jumping up and down and singing the refrain from Apply Some Pressure over and over and over.
I quite like their second LP but really they went more POP when they should've gone more arty and weird. that spoken word track on the first LP was far from the best thing on it, but they should've used that for inspiration rather than making photocopies of their good singles.
Yea that is probably their best song. I saw them at the ben & jerrys thing last month. They played 1 new song & it was pretty rubbish :(
I always thought they were shit. I enjoyed it when his 'lyrics book' went missing and he went into a flap about it.
Going Missing and Graffiti were amazing. Never listened to anything after the first album though
I've still got a rather cool black and red striped, Dennis the Menace-style Maximo park t-shirt
First couple of albums great, third a bit low-key but not bad enough that I won't be buying their fourth record. Paul's solo record is not bad either.
and listening back to the first two albums, I'm still enjoying them.
Great live band too, they deserve all the success they've got now really. I'm interested to see if they do anything different with the new album, wasn't overly impressed by the third or Paul's solo effort to be honest.
Most bands are.
A great label.
Not a a great band. By any means.
And Our Velocity was a brilliant single. Other than that I can take or leave them.
probably more than I liked the second album.. which had a few great singles but not much else. The first was great though, I still spin it from time to time and think damn, this is a great album. Acrobat is still a tune too.
But they were terrible live. Saw them twice and they just sounded so weak! That riff on our velocity sounds huge on the recording - couldn't fight it's way out of a wet paper bag on stage. I was disappointed.
seeing as they pretty much made their name as a live band!
I'd heard they were meant to be a great live band but I honestly thought they sounded terrible. Both shows were at festivals so I don't know if that had anything to do with it. I put the first bad experience down to poor sound but the second time around I thought the band lacked energy, and by that I don't mean that they didn't put enough effort in, the singer does give it hell, they just sounded... weak! Lacked balls.
Maximo Park are probably the band I've seen live the most, 10+ times, and in a massive range of venues from tiny record shops to massive arenas. And I can honestly say it never sounded weak to me, else I wouldn't have gone back to see them again! Never saw them at a festival though so maybe that's the issue...
I saw them at Digital in Brighton and, seriously, it was one of the loudest gigs I've been to (and I listen to heavier bands than Maximo most of the time..)
is the latest, third album simply because it lacked the tunes of A Certain Trigger, and Our Earthly Pleasures (which was the best I think) Hope they bring it back around with the new one
but a few months after all the hype died down I developed a soft spot for Apply Some Pressure that's never really gone away. Their fans probably think they're a lot better than they are, their detractors probably think they're a lot worse than they are, so on average they're probably rated about right.