Newcastlefive piece, Maximo Park release their fifth studio album this February. A lot of artists struggle with re-branding or swapping their Telecasters and classic songwriting techniques to adopt a more experimental or introspective direction. Thankfully, “Brain Cells” retains the bands’ emotional integrity and individualism, fusing that with cold synth lines, and a lyrical nod to other artists who fail to move with the times, “Did I Learn Anything Today/If I didn’t will my brain cells wear away.”
The songs atmospherics are beautiful AND hostile coupled with vocalist, Paul Smith’s Geordie inflections, this shows a band comfortable with sonic progression. This quality puts them well ahead of most of their contemporaries that they arrived on to the music scene with back at the start of the millennium.
You can download the track for free from the bands website www.maximopark.com and pick up the album ‘Too Much Information’ on 3rd Feb.