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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. 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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  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.   Books from Boxes
  10.   Karaoke Plays
  11.   The Coast Is Always Changing
  12.   Postcard of a Painting
  13.   The National Health
  14.   Questing, Not Coasting
  15.   Drinking Martinis
  16.   Pride Before a Fall
  17.   Waves of Fear
  18.   I Haven't Seen Her in Ages
  19.   Kiss You Better
  20.   Risk to Exist
  21.   Is It True?
  22.   My Bloody Mind
  23.   Give, Get, Take
  24.   Unfamiliar Places
  25.   Take Me Home
  26.   Banlieue
  27.   The Undercurrents
  28.   Roller Disco Dreams
  29.   Overland, West of Suez
  30.   Let's Get Clinical
  31.   In Another World (You'd Have Found Yourself By
  32.   A Cloud of Mystery
  33.   I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
  34.   My Life in Reverse
  35.   Isolation
  36.   A19
  37.   Limassol
  38.   Graffiti
  39.   Parisian Skies
  40.   Once, A Glimpse
  41.   Signal and Sign
  42.   I Want You to Stay
  43.   Midnight on the Hill
  44.   Lydia, the Ink Will Never Dry
  45.   Reluctant Love
  46.   When I Was Wild
  47.   Tanned
  48.   By the Monument
  49.   Hammer Horror
  50.   Trial and Error
  51.   Russian Literature
  52.   Now I'm All Over the Shop
  53.   I Recognise the Light
  54.   This Is What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
  55.   Write This Down
  56.   Wraithlike
  57.   The Penultimate Clinch
  58.   Like I Love You
  59.   A Fortnight's Time
  60.   Nosebleed
  61.   Stray Talk
  62.   Acrobat
  63.   The Unshockable
  64.   What Did We Do to You to Deserve This?
  65.   Until the Earth Would Open
  66.   Brain Cells
  67.   I Want You to Leave
  68.   Where We're Going
  69.   The Night I Lost My Head
  70.   Calm
  71.   A Year of Doubt
  72.   Fear of Falling
  73.   Distance Makes
  74.   Leave This Island
  75.   La Quinta
  76.   Sandblasted and Set Free
  77.   Wolf Among Men
  78.   Her Name Was Audre

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