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Maxïmo Park

Newcastle's angular pop quintet Maxïmo Park consist 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. After Smith worked with the Brewis brothers on a pair of solo albums (2014's Frozen by Sight and the following year's Contradictions), Maxïmo Park returned in 2017 with Risk to Exist. Recorded at Wilco's Loft studio in Chicago and featuring backing vocals from Low's Mimi Parker, the band's sixth album reflected the turbulent times in which it was recorded. Ahead of the album's April release, the album's title track was released as a single that benefitted the refugee charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS). ~ 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.   Karaoke Plays
  10.   Books from Boxes
  11.   The Coast Is Always Changing
  12.   Parisian Skies
  13.   Take Me Home
  14.   A Brief Dream
  15.   Work and Then Wait
  16.   Acrobat
  17.   My Sharp Tongue
  18.   Drinking Martinis
  19.   Give, Get, Take
  20.   Waves of Fear
  21.   This Is What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
  22.   Roller Disco Dreams
  23.   A Cloud of Mystery
  24.   Let's Get Clinical
  25.   Russian Literature
  26.   Leave This Island
  27.   Banlieue
  28.   Pride Before a Fall
  29.   The Hero
  30.   Is It True?
  31.   Limassol
  32.   Make What You Can
  33.   Signal and Sign
  34.   I'll Be Around
  35.   Unfamiliar Places
  36.   Nosebleed
  37.   Respond to the Feeling
  38.   Calm
  39.   Wraithlike
  40.   Fear of Falling
  41.   The Reason I Am Here
  42.   Get High (No, I Don't)
  43.   Risk to Exist
  44.   My Bloody Mind
  45.   Reluctant Love
  46.   Like I Love You
  47.   Distance Makes
  48.   Hammer Horror
  49.   Stray Talk
  50.   Isolation
  51.   I Want You to Stay
  52.   Graffiti
  53.   Kiss You Better
  54.   Once, A Glimpse
  55.   A19
  56.   The Unshockable
  57.   What Equals Love?
  58.   When I Was Wild
  59.   My Life in Reverse
  60.   I Recognise the Light
  61.   The Night I Lost My Head
  62.   I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
  63.   Where We're Going
  64.   The Penultimate Clinch
  65.   Lydia, the Ink Will Never Dry
  66.   Postcard of a Painting
  67.   I Haven't Seen Her in Ages
  68.   By the Monument
  69.   Wolf Among Men
  70.   Questing, Not Coasting
  71.   Her Name Was Audre
  72.   All Been Done Before
  73.   A Fortnight's Time
  74.   Overland, West of Suez
  75.   Alchemy
  76.   Midnight on the Hill
  77.   Brain Cells
  78.   Trial and Error
  79.   Until the Earth Would Open
  80.   Tanned
  81.   I Want You to Leave
  82.   The National Health
  83.   Sandblasted and Set Free
  84.   La Quinta
  85.   What Did We Do to You to Deserve This?
  86.   Write This Down
  87.   Now I'm All Over the Shop
  88.   In Another World (You'd Have Found Yourself By
  89.   A Year of Doubt
  90.   The Undercurrents