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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.   Take Me Home
  13.   Get High (No, I Don't)
  14.   Roller Disco Dreams
  15.   Is It True?
  16.   Once, A Glimpse
  17.   Risk to Exist
  18.   The Penultimate Clinch
  19.   A Fortnight's Time
  20.   By the Monument
  21.   Russian Literature
  22.   Limassol
  23.   Graffiti
  24.   Sharp Tongue
  25.   The Night I Lost My Head
  26.   Wolf Among Men
  27.   What Did We Do to You to Deserve This?
  28.   Leave This Island
  29.   The Unshockable
  30.   Overland, West of Suez
  31.   Sandblasted and Set Free
  32.   Isolation
  33.   Like I Love You
  34.   My Life in Reverse
  35.   Pride Before a Fall
  36.   Alchemy
  37.   I Want You to Stay
  38.   The Reason I Am Here
  39.   The Hero
  40.   Work and Then Wait
  41.   I'll Be Around
  42.   I Recognise the Light
  43.   My Bloody Mind
  44.   Lydia, the Ink Will Never Dry
  45.   Waves of Fear
  46.   Write This Down
  47.   The National Health
  48.   In Another World (You'd Have Found Yourself By
  49.   A Cloud of Mystery
  50.   Brain Cells
  51.   I Haven't Seen Her in Ages
  52.   Give, Get, Take
  53.   Parisian Skies
  54.   Make What You Can
  55.   Fear of Falling
  56.   A Year of Doubt
  57.   A Brief Dream
  58.   I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
  59.   Now I'm All Over the Shop
  60.   All Been Done Before
  61.   Respond to the Feeling
  62.   Where We're Going
  63.   Midnight on the Hill
  64.   Unfamiliar Places
  65.   Banlieue
  66.   Until the Earth Would Open
  67.   Reluctant Love
  68.   Let's Get Clinical
  69.   Distance Makes
  70.   Nosebleed
  71.   A19
  72.   Signal and Sign
  73.   Kiss You Better
  74.   Acrobat
  75.   What Equals Love?
  76.   Trial and Error
  77.   Calm
  78.   I Want You to Leave
  79.   When I Was Wild
  80.   Wraithlike
  81.   Stray Talk
  82.   The Undercurrents
  83.   Her Name Was Audre
  84.   Hammer Horror
  85.   Postcard of a Painting
  86.   This Is What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
  87.   Tanned
  88.   Drinking Martinis
  89.   La Quinta
  90.   Questing, Not Coasting