MAXïMO PARK are an English alternative rock band, formed in 2000 in
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne . The band consists of Paul Smith (vocals), Duncan
Lukas Wooller (keyboard) and Tom English (drums). The
band have released six studio albums:
A Certain Trigger
A Certain Trigger (2005), Our
Earthly Pleasures (2007), Quicken The Heart (2009), The National
Health (2012), Too Much Information (2014) and
Risk to Exist (2017).
The first two albums went gold in the UK and their debut was nominated
Mercury Prize .
* 1 History
* 1.1 Formation and early releases (2000–2003)
A Certain Trigger
A Certain Trigger (2004–2005)
Our Earthly Pleasures (2006–2007)
Quicken the Heart (2008–2010)
* 1.5 The National Health (2011–2012)
* 1.6 Too Much Information (2013–2014)
Risk to Exist (2016–present)
* 2 Other contributions
* 3 Band members
* 4 Discography
* 5 References
* 6 External links
FORMATION AND EARLY RELEASES (2000–2003)
The band was created by guitarist
Duncan Lloyd and is named after
Máximo Gómez Park (also known as Domino Park), located in Little
Havana, Miami . Initially, the four founding members played several
small shows including Manchester's 'In the City', which showcases
unsigned bands in the UK. In 2003, the band decided they wanted a
frontman as the original singers, Archis and Duncan, wanted to focus
on writing the songs. The then-girlfriend of the drummer Tom English
noticed his friend Paul Smith singing along to
Stevie Wonder 's
"Superstition ". When Smith was found, the band did not know if he
could sing: "When he first joined we didn't know if he could; just
that he was a lunatic jumping around in a suit, it felt like the last
piece of the jigsaw". With Smith joining the band gave him demos of
their songs and from then on started writing as unit.
A CERTAIN TRIGGER (2004–2005)
Around March 2004, a friend funded 300 copies of a 7" red vinyl
single ("Graffiti " / "
Going Missing ") which was recorded by Duncan
Lloyd in his and Thomas English's flat in Fenham, Newcastle. The
band's second release was a 7" single of their songs "The Coast Is
Always Changing " and "
The Night I Lost My Head ", recorded by Paul
Epworth . After some time of doing gigs around their home town, Steve
Beckett of the dance-electronic label
Warp Records acquired one of
these records and decided to sign the band to his label after also
seeing the band perform at the
Notting Hill Arts Club hosted by
Creation Records founder
Alan McGee .
Maxïmo Park released their first album,
A Certain Trigger
A Certain Trigger ,
which sold over 300,000 copies and was nominated for the Mercury Prize
in July 2005. In July,
Maxïmo Park had the honour of being the first
band to play the
Ibiza Rocks festival on its opening event. In
December 2006, the band were brought to Shanghai by
Split Works and
were one of the earlier big-name acts from abroad to play in China.
OUR EARTHLY PLEASURES (2006–2007)
In August 2006, the band announced that they had started work on
their next album, which was produced by
Gil Norton and recorded at Rak
Studios in St John\'s Wood in London. On 22 January 2007, the band
announced that their second album,
Our Earthly Pleasures , would be
released on 2 April 2007 and would be preceded by the album's lead
single, "Our Velocity", on 19 March 2007. On 30 January 2007, the
band released details of a tour to promote Our Earthly Pleasures, the
tickets of which sold out within minutes of their release on 2
QUICKEN THE HEART (2008–2010)
Paul Smith in the Live Music Hall Cologne
In October 2008, the band announced that they had started recording
their third album in
Los Angeles with the producer
Nick Launay , known
for his recent work with
Nick Cave and
Grinderman . The full track
list of the album was announced on 11 March 2009. Quicken the Heart
was released on 11 May, with the first single, "The Kids Are Sick
Again " being released a week earlier. Tickets for a tour taking
place in May 2009 sold out in record time. In 2010, they performed a
new song called "Banlieue", which ended up on their next album, The
National Health. Their 2011 tour also had "Banlieue" in the set list,
as well as another song which was to be on The National Health, "Waves
THE NATIONAL HEALTH (2011–2012)
On 28 March 2012,
Maxïmo Park announced the fourth album title as
The National Health . Smith said, "We're in a global recession and
everyone is being bombarded with bouncy, happy music. The nation is
out of control and the record is about taking back control, and being
a force for change in your own life. It can't speak for everybody but
it has its eyes and ears all around us… that's always been a Maxïmo
Park thing: look at yourself." The album was released on 11 June 2012.
In September 2012, it was announced that the bass guitarist Archis
Tiku would be taking time away from touring, to be covered by Paul
Hot Club de Paris .
TOO MUCH INFORMATION (2013–2014)
On 15 November 2013,
Maxïmo Park announced the forthcoming release
of their fifth album. Titled Too Much Information , the album was
released on 3 February 2014. Of the album, Smith said, "Our lyrics and
our music will never be too-cool-for-school - we are an emotional band
even if it might be too much information for some." The album was
recorded and produced by the band, with additional production by The
Dave Okumu on the track Brain Cells. Recording originally
started as an EP of 5 tracks in Sunderland, with help from Field Music
's David and Peter Brewis, before turning into a fully formed album
with the extra tracks recorded in the band's studio in Newcastle.
RISK TO EXIST (2016–PRESENT)
On 20 January 2017,
Maxïmo Park announced their sixth album Risk to
Exist via their website, following the debut of the title track and
first single the night before on BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq Show. The
band confirmed via
Twitter that bassist Archis Tiku, who had not
performed with the band live since the end of the Quicken the Heart
tour, had officially retired. His live replacement, Paul Rafferty, was
confirmed to be the session bassist on Risk to Exist, although he is
not an official member of the band.
In 2007 the band contributed their song "Wasteland" to Help!: A Day
in the Life .
In 2009 they contributed a cover version of a
Vincent Gallo song to
Warp20 (Recreated) compilation, as well as having their own song
"Acrobat" covered by
* Tom English – drums (2000-present)
Duncan Lloyd – guitar, backing vocals (2000-present)
* Paul Smith – lead vocals (2000-present)
Lukas Wooller – keyboards, backing vocals (2000-present)
* Paul Rafferty – bass guitar (2012-present; in studio
Archis Tiku – bass guitar (2000-2014)
Maxïmo Park discography Studio albums
A Certain Trigger
A Certain Trigger (2005)
Our Earthly Pleasures (2007)
Quicken the Heart (2009)
* The National Health (2012)
* Too Much Information (2014)
Risk to Exist (2017)
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