“Jaunty, precise power pop with punk’s antipathies, all while exuding a tentative cool.” —Pitchfork
“Maximo Park has managed to frame these social commentaries around animated, soulful and often downright funky songs that exhibit the band’s commitment to pushing themselves forward musically.” —PopMatters
Release “The Hero” Live Video
North American Tour Starts November 18th
On the heels of their newest album, RISK TO EXIST (Daylighting/Cooking Vinyl), UK Alternative band MAXIMO PARK have announced a North American tour. (dates below).
Of the tour dates, lead singer Paul says: “We’ve enjoyed globetrotting over the summer festival season throughout Europe, but it’s almost time to return to our own devoted audiences as we start our US tour. Risk To Exist was recorded live and it still feels like a very relevant record to be playing to a gig-going audience.”
To get fans in the mood for the live dates, Maximo Park have released a live video of ‘The Hero’ shot in Manchester, UK on their UK tour earlier in the year.
The band’s new record, Risk To Exist, sees Maximo Park in blistering form, bringing together their trademark hook-laden melodies and sense of urgency with off-kilter rock, soulful grooves and pop sensibilities. Informed by the dire state of world affairs in 2016 and crumbling political systems, their latest body of work is a vital record for our times.
Frontman Paul Smith says: “The album is, ultimately, about empathy. Some songs are simple messages of solidarity and others are fueled by anger at the elitist, established order of British society. There’s a questioning of power throughout and a feeling that there must be a different way of structuring our society in order to alleviate inequality. Musically, the songs reflect more soulful and groove-based influences, allowing more space in the arrangements than ever before. The central idea is to align great pop melodies with songs that reflect the state of the nation.”
These are pop songs that talk about big issues without talking down to the listener; an album where the political is also the personal.
Risk To Exist was co-produced by Tom Schick (Wilco, Beck, White Denim) and Maximo Park. Keen for the inspiration of unfamiliar surroundings after writing the album in their native North-East, the band decamped to Wilco’s studio, The Loft in Chicago, in Autumn 2016. Recorded completely live, the recording represents another bold stylistic step for the band after 2014’s Top 10 Too Much Information. Maximo Park have also enlisted Mimi Parker from acclaimed US band Low for the record, whose voice lends its inimitable warmth to five album tracks, including lead single “Risk To Exist“.
With 1,500,000 albums sold and four UK Top 10 albums under their belt to date, Maximo Park have once again shifted seamlessly into a higher gear. They have expertly crafted an infectious pop album for our time, confronting the crucial issues track by track, one monstrous hook at a time.
Maximo Park are Paul Smith (vocals), Duncan Lloyd (guitar), Lukas Wooller (keyboards) and Tom English (drums).
Nov 18 2017 – Corona Capital Festival – Mexico City, Mexico
Nov 20 2017 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA, USA
Nov 21 2017 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA, USA
Nov 24 2017 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL, USA
Nov 25 2017 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON, Canada
Nov 26 2017 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI, USA
Nov 28 2017 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC, USA
Nov 29 2017 – The Foundry at The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA, USA
Nov 30 2017 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY, USA
Dec 01 2017 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA, USA
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