If Franz Ferdinand is the Oasis of the current dance-punk movement, churning out effortlessly populist singles; and Bloc Party is the Blur responsible for the genre's artier, more sophisticated studio creations; then Maxïmo Park has emerged as the present-day equivalent of Pulp supplying a much-needed bridge between unbridled hedonism and academic insularity. The Newcastle-based band has already distinguished itself with two stunningly realized singles -- "Apply Some Pressure" and "The Coast Is Always Changing" -- which take the movement's hallmark stutter-stop guitar attack as a starting point and augment it with Lukas Wooller's bold, buoyant keyboard lines. The rest of A Certain Trigger isn't as revelatory as Franz Ferdinand's or Bloc Party's debut albums, but there's something to be said for filling in the gaps.
Recommended For You
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!