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Maxïmo Park

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Newcastle's angular pop quintet Maxïmo Park consists of singer Paul Smith, guitarist Duncan Lloyd, bassist Archie Tiku, keyboardist Lukas Wooller, and drummer Tom English. Like their friends and neighbors the Futureheads and Field Music, Maxïmo Park craft smart, sharply catchy songs inspired by post-punk and new wave legends like the Jam, XTC, Wire, and the Smiths. Lloyd, Tiku, Wooller, and English formed the band as an avant rock, largely instrumental group, taking their name from a meeting place in Cuba for communists. Smith had previously played with the band Me and the Twins and was recommended as the band's new singer by English's girlfriend, who heard him singing Stevie Wonder's "Superstitious" at a karaoke night. Maxïmo Park issued their debut 7", The Coast Is Always Changing/The Night I Lost My Head, in 2004; it caught the ears of Warp Records, which despite being a mostly electronic label signed them and released their second single, "Apply Some Pressure," early in 2005. It made the Top 20 in the U.K.'s national charts. At that time, Warp also released the Apply Some Pressure EP, which featured tracks from both of the band's singles, in the U.S. Maxïmo Park also finished recording their debut album with producer Paul Epworth (who also worked with Bloc Party and Babyshambles) that winter and spent the spring touring the U.K., Japan, and the U.S., making an appearance at South by Southwest. The "Graffiti" single heralded the arrival of the band's full-length debut, A Certain Trigger, late that spring. More tours of the U.S. and U.K., including gigs at Glastonbury and Reading, kept the band busy that summer. Early in 2006, the B-sides collection Missing Songs was released; Maxïmo Park also maintained their hectic touring schedule and returned to the studio late that year, teaming with producer Gil Norton. Our Earthly Pleasures arrived in spring 2007. For 2009's Quicken the Heart, Maxïmo Park ventured to Los Angeles to record with producer Nick Launay, who gave the songs a slightly rawer yet still danceable sound. In 2010, the band took a break from its near-constant recording and touring, during which time Smith made the solo album Margins. The band's hiatus continued until 2012, when Maxïmo Park resurfaced with The National Health, a harder-hitting, politicized effort produced by Gil Norton. For 2014's more intimate, electronic-driven Too Much Information, the band recruited the Invisible's Dave Okumu and Field Music's David and Peter Brewis as collaborators. Maxïmo Park returned in 2017 with their sixth studio effort, Risk to Exist. The album was politically charged and lyrically focused on the state of international affairs throughout 2016 and 2017. ~ Heather Phares
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  2.   Girls Who Play Guitars
  3.   Apply Some Pressure
  4.   Our Velocity
  5.   The Kids Are Sick Again
  6.   Hips and Lips
  7.   Going Missing
  8.   Your Urge
  9.   Books from Boxes
  10.   Karaoke Plays
  11.   The Coast Is Always Changing
  12.   Banlieue
  13.   The Night I Lost My Head
  14.   The National Health
  15.   My Life in Reverse
  16.   Wolf Among Men
  17.   I Want You to Leave
  18.   Hammer Horror
  19.   Graffiti
  20.   Where We're Going
  21.   My Bloody Mind
  22.   Like I Love You
  23.   Parisian Skies
  24.   Stray Talk
  25.   Trial and Error
  26.   Isolation
  27.   Questing, Not Coasting
  28.   Risk to Exist
  29.   This Is What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
  30.   Brain Cells
  31.   When I Was Wild
  32.   Fear of Falling
  33.   Drinking Martinis
  34.   The Undercurrents
  35.   Wraithlike
  36.   The Penultimate Clinch
  37.   Tanned
  38.   Overland, West of Suez
  39.   Distance Makes
  40.   A Fortnight's Time
  41.   Nosebleed
  42.   By the Monument
  43.   The Unshockable
  44.   Russian Literature
  45.   I Want You to Stay
  46.   Postcard of a Painting
  47.   Once, A Glimpse
  48.   Signal and Sign
  49.   Is It True?
  50.   Waves of Fear
  51.   Unfamiliar Places
  52.   Give, Get, Take
  53.   Kiss You Better
  54.   Her Name Was Audre
  55.   Reluctant Love
  56.   A Cloud of Mystery
  57.   Until the Earth Would Open
  58.   Take Me Home
  59.   A19
  60.   Leave This Island
  61.   In Another World (You'd Have Found Yourself By
  62.   Acrobat
  63.   Calm
  64.   I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
  65.   Limassol
  66.   Pride Before a Fall
  67.   Write This Down
  68.   Now I'm All Over the Shop
  69.   Lydia, the Ink Will Never Dry
  70.   Let's Get Clinical
  71.   Roller Disco Dreams
  72.   A Year of Doubt
  73.   I Recognise the Light
  74.   Midnight on the Hill
  75.   La Quinta
  76.   I Haven't Seen Her in Ages
  77.   Sandblasted and Set Free

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