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