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Maxïmo Park

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

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