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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. ~ Heather Phares
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    Popularity
  2.   Girls Who Play Guitars
  3.   Hips and Lips
  4.   Our Velocity
  5.   Apply Some Pressure
  6.   Karaoke Plays
  7.   Your Urge
  8.   Books from Boxes
  9.   The Coast Is Always Changing
  10.   The Kids Are Sick Again
  11.   The Unshockable
  12.   Take Me Home
  13.   Midnight on the Hill
  14.   I Want You to Leave
  15.   Drinking Martinis
  16.   Leave This Island
  17.   Reluctant Love
  18.   The Undercurrents
  19.   Let's Get Clinical
  20.   Hammer Horror
  21.   A Year of Doubt
  22.   I Want You to Stay
  23.   I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
  24.   Wolf Among Men
  25.   Fear of Falling
  26.   Lydia, the Ink Will Never Dry
  27.   Until the Earth Would Open
  28.   Overland, West of Suez
  29.   La Quinta
  30.   Nosebleed