Maximo Park – Brain Cells (New Release)

Maximo Park – Brain Cells (New Release)

Maximo Park; a band that have somewhat been living under a rock recently have release their newest song ‘Brain Cells’ which does nothing but emotively explain their time under there.

Maximo’s earlier releases such as; “Velocity”, “Going Missing” and “Girls Who Play Guitar” grabbed you by your bright red Doctor Martin boots and threw you onto the dance-floor in a nostalgic oh-this-chorus-has-one-line-I-know-this-song kind of way.

Yet, their new release shows a band that have, been there and done that whole indie-pop thing.

Brain Cell’s, starting with what could easily be mistaken for a bass-guitar line, strikingly appears to be a synth. This intro alone makes you wonder if you’re listening to the same band.

Enter, lead singer Paul Smith’s vocals whispering his lyrics over the synth line sounding lethargic and quite frankly depressed (he murmurs paranoia at one point!), picks up his pace when the beat fully comes in and he clearly wakes up.

The chorus begins and you really start to sit back and want to just pat the poor chap on the back and tell him everything’s going to get better. However, I personally find this change in mood quite refreshing, it’s nice to hear something completely different from a band that were known and wrongly categorised as an indie-pop “thing”. Ironically, I think Smith feels the same as he moans; “I wanted to try something different this time.”

All in all, it’s nice to see the boys and the hat return with something that makes you sway rather than jump.

Kings of Leon: an old dog with new tricks.

Though Kings of Leon’s latest album; “Mechanical Bull” has been in the public domain for some time now, it’s only now that it sounds like their best to come yet. With the lead single from the album, Supersoaker, offering what can only be considered their early stuff a flavour of their “newest” stuff and this is reflected in the way that their die-hard-anti-only by the night fans have reached an understanding with their more pro-only by the night fans. Demographics aside, Followill’s vocals absolutely make this track, lifting music that is in short quite basic much like their early stuff to a new level. He even makes flowery lyrics such as “I don’t mind sentimental girls, at times” sound mind-blowing and it’s safe to say that good old Caleb has never sounded as young as he does on this track, and album.

 

Another track on the album that shows Kings of Leon are feeling like a brand new pair of shoes is the song “Temples”. It’s safe to say that the boys have been enjoying some of The Cure (Just Like Heaven) and some Stereophonics (Dakota). The song even shows some immaturity in the sense that the opening riff is essentially the same as the intro riff in Supersoaker. Again, Caleb Followill sounds like he has had a considerably good sleep, stopped being a miserable sod and decided to be a bit happy about having a girlfriend (he even opens up a bit on the track aptly named “Wait For Me”).

 

The moral of the story that is Mechanical Bull is, after the album “Come Around Sundown” came out and everyone thought Kings of Leon were no longer worth half of the hype they’d after their earlier release “Only by the Night”, it was clear that the band were just growing and developing as they are now; an old dog with new tricks. I mean they are up beat, and skinny, again.