Even though the video for “Going Missing” showed that Paul Smith is quite the passionate lead singer, it wasn’t until I saw the video for “Graffiti” where he truly exhibits his performance behind the microphone. The guy pulls off some impressive leaps into the air, does the splits, and executes some jerky arm movements all whilst looking quite mad and frustrated at the camera as he and the other band members thrown around the room.
From the band’s debut album A Certain Trigger, “Grafitti” gets off to a roaring start courtesy of Duncan Lloyd on the guitar and Tom English on the drums before emphatic keyboards and bass enter the frame. The hectic playing by the group is maintained throughout the three minutes this song lasts for and Paul Smith on the vocals, singing about being fed up of everyday life and wishing to find something that can excite him, makes it all the more thrilling to listen to. Never thought about its meaning that much, I’ve liked it too much to really think about it. Another good Maxïmo Park single, wouldn’t expect anything less.