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|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, post-punk revival|
Maxïmo Park are a British alternative rock band, formed in 2000. They are signed to Warp Records. The band consists of Paul Smith (vocals), Duncan Lloyd (guitar), Archis Tiku (bass guitar), Lukas Wooller (keyboard) and Tom English (drums). The band have released four studio albums: their first album in 2005, A Certain Trigger, which was nominated for the Mercury Prize; the Our Earthly Pleasures in 2007; Quicken the Heart, in May 2009; and The National Health, in June 2012. The first two albums went gold in the UK.
Formation and early releases (2000–2003)
The band 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") and later released a vinyl of their tracks (The Coast Is Always Changing) that they recorded in Duncan Lloyd's house in Fenham. 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.
In 2005, 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. 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 February 2007.
Quicken the Heart (2008–2010)
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 May 11, 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 of Fear".
The National Health (2011–present)
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 2007 the band contributed their song "Wasteland" to Help!: A Day in the Life.
- Tom English – drums
- Duncan Lloyd – guitar
- Paul Smith – vocals
- Archis Tiku – bass guitar
- Lukas Wooller – keyboard
- A Certain Trigger (2005)
- Our Earthly Pleasures (2007)
- Quicken the Heart (2009)
- The National Health (2012)
- Too Much Information (2014)
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