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97. ‘Our Velocity’ by Maximo Park (2007)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 27, 2009 by G.K. Reid

Look at the earnestness in his face!
Look at the earnestness in his hat!

I find Paul Smith to be one of the more tolerable of indie frontmen, largely due to his frantic enthusiasm on stage, which nicely complements his oh-so-very-earnest face. It’s certainly not because of his hat. He really needs to lose the hat. Unless, of course his bald spot is actually the hellmouth or something.

Our Velocity is one of those everything-but-especially-the-kitchen-sink songs. A crazed feat of ambition that effectively makes the statement: ‘Fuck it! I AM gonna do this! Whatcha gonna do about it?’ It’s a full-throttle, three-act hookfest, which could have comfortably been a Xenomania/Girls Aloud offering if you dialled back the urgent thrash of the guitar and the fierce anguish of Paul Smith’s vocals.  But you really wouldn’t want to do that.

Bonus points: Paul Smith manages to sing in a regional accent without it ever sounding forced or affected, and without every whinging about the leckie bill or referencing daytime TV. Bravo.