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