404 – Maximo Park – Our Velocity (2007)
Written by Paul Smith
Produced by Gil Norton
Label – Warp
This nervy, intense single proves not only the value of a band full of creative sparkle, but the use of an astute, well versed producer to fulfil the powerful focus and heighten the sense of aggression often missing in twee Indie pop. Gil Norton’s experience with The Pixies, Foo Fighters and Jimmy Eat World bring the harder edge and push the pulsating rhythms. The beefing up of Duncan Lloyd’s guitar propels the song to Arena sized resonance and beyond. Paul Smith and co. had never sounded so urgently driven to deliver.