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Maxïmo Park
Maxïmo Park
are an English alternative rock band, formed in 2000 in Newcastle upon Tyne. The band consists of Paul Smith (vocals), Duncan Lloyd (guitar), Lukas Wooller
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
Risk to Exist
(2017). The first two albums went gold in the UK and their debut was nominated for the Mercury Prize.[2]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Formation and early releases (2000–2003) 1.2 A Certain Trigger
A Certain Trigger
(2004–2005) 1.3 Our Earthly Pleasures
Our Earthly Pleasures
(2006–2007) 1.4 Quicken the Heart
Quicken the Heart
(2008–2010) 1.5 The National Health (2011–2012) 1.6 Too Much Information (2013–2014) 1.7 Risk to Exist
Risk to Exist
(2016–present)

2 Other contributions 3 Band members 4 Discography 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Formation and early releases (2000–2003)[edit] The band was created by guitarist Duncan Lloyd
Duncan Lloyd
and is named after Máximo Gómez
Máximo Gómez
Park (also known as Domino Park), located in Little Havana, Miami[citation needed]. 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".[3] 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
A Certain Trigger
(2004–2005)[edit] Around March 2004, a friend funded 300 copies of a 7" red vinyl single ("Graffiti" / "Going Missing") which was recorded by Duncan Lloyd
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
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. In 2005, Maxïmo Park
Maxïmo Park
released their first album, A Certain Trigger, which sold over 300,000 copies and was nominated for the Mercury Prize in July 2005.[3] In July, Maxïmo Park
Maxïmo Park
had the honour of being the first band to play the Ibiza Rocks
Ibiza Rocks
festival on its opening event.[4] In December 2006, the band were brought to Shanghai by Split Works
Split Works
and were one of the earlier big-name acts from abroad to play in China.[5] Our Earthly Pleasures
Our Earthly Pleasures
(2006–2007)[edit] 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
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.[6] 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 February 2007. Quicken the Heart
Quicken the Heart
(2008–2010)[edit]

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
Los Angeles
with the producer Nick Launay, known for his recent work with Nick Cave
Nick Cave
and Grinderman.[7] 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.[8] Tickets for a tour taking place in May 2009 sold out in record time[citation needed]. In 2010, they performed a new song called "Banlieue",[9] 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 of Fear". The National Health (2011–2012)[edit] On 28 March 2012, Maxïmo Park
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.[10] In September 2012, it was announced that the bass guitarist Archis Tiku would be taking time away from touring, to be covered by Paul Rafferty of Hot Club de Paris.[11] Too Much Information (2013–2014)[edit] On 15 November 2013, Maxïmo Park
Maxïmo Park
announced the forthcoming release of their fifth album.[12] 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."[13] The album was recorded and produced by the band, with additional production by The Invisible's 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.[14] Risk to Exist
Risk to Exist
(2016–present)[edit] On 20 January 2017, Maxïmo Park
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
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. Other contributions[edit] 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
Vincent Gallo
song to the Warp20 (Recreated)
Warp20 (Recreated)
compilation, as well as having their own song "Acrobat" covered by Seefeel. Band members[edit]

Current members

Tom English – drums (2000-present) Duncan Lloyd
Duncan Lloyd
– guitar, backing vocals (2000-present) Paul Smith – lead vocals (2000-present) Lukas Wooller
Lukas Wooller
– keyboards, backing vocals (2000-present)

Touring members

Paul Rafferty – bass guitar (2012-present; in studio 2016-present)

Former members

Archis Tiku
Archis Tiku
– bass guitar (2000-2014)

Discography[edit] Main article: Maxïmo Park
Maxïmo Park
discography

Studio albums

A Certain Trigger
A Certain Trigger
(2005) Our Earthly Pleasures
Our Earthly Pleasures
(2007) Quicken the Heart
Quicken the Heart
(2009) The National Health (2012) Too Much Information (2014) Risk to Exist
Risk to Exist
(2017)

References[edit]

^ Beaumont, Mark (4 February 2014). "Tyneside's dynamic indie giants add an electronic twist to their latest songs, served up with their trademark wit and energy". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 March 2017.  ^ "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Archived from the original on 24 September 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2012.  ^ a b Duerden, Nick (22 February 2007). "An audience with Maximo Park's front man". The Independent. Retrieved 16 March 2009.  ^ Events. Ibiza Rocks. Retrieved on 2012-04-15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. . spli-t.com. Retrieved on 2012-08-15. ^ "Maximo Park unveil new album details". NME. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2007.  ^ "Maximo Park begin recording third album". NME. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2009.  ^ "Quicken The Heart Track listing and Release Date". maximopark.com. 11 March 2009. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2009.  ^ song called Banlieue, Maximo park play new. "Maximo Park - Banlieue - (Split Festival 2010)".  ^ "Maximo Park announce details of new album". NME.com. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.  ^ "Maximo Park Bassist to Take Break from Band". xfm.co.uk. 27 September 2012. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.  ^ "New Maximo Park Album Announced". 15 November 2013. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2013.  ^ "Maximo Park announce new album and share free download". NME.com. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.  ^ "Maximo Park play for Dermot". 11 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Maxïmo Park.

Official website - Live review of Maximo Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Maxïmo Park

Paul Smith Duncan Lloyd Tom English Lukas Wooller

Archis Tiku

Albums

A Certain Trigger Missing Songs Our Earthly Pleasures Quicken the Heart The National Health Too Much Information Risk to Exist

Singles

"The Coast Is Always Changing" "Apply Some Pressure" "Graffiti" "Going Missing" "I Want You to Stay" "Our Velocity" "Books from Boxes" "Girls Who Play Guitars" "Karaoke Plays" "The Kids Are Sick Again" "Questing, Not Coasting" "Hips and Lips" "Write This Down" "The Undercurrents" "The National Health" "Leave This Island" "Midnight on the Hill" "Give, Get, Take" "Risk to Exist" "What Did We Do to You to Deserve This?" "Get High (No I Don't)"

DVDs

Found on Film

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 151103832 ISNI: 0000 0001 0727 1020 GND: 6054032-1 BNF: cb15075864z (data) MusicBrainz: 92e634a7-6023-4be8

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