Paul Smith (rock vocalist)

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Paul Smith
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Background information
Birth name Paul Smith
Born (1979-03-13) 13 March 1979 (age 36)
Billingham, England
Genres Indie rock
Art rock
Occupation(s) Vocalist, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts Maxïmo Park

Paul Smith (born 13 March 1979, Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, England) is the singer for the British indie rock group, Maxïmo Park.


Smith is the eldest of three children, and was educated at Northfield School. He briefly worked as an art teacher[1] at Stockton Riverside College before he was asked to join the band. He attended Newcastle University completing a BA and MA following a 1-year Foundation Studies course at Cleveland College of Art & Design in Hartlepool.

Before Smith was recruited to Maxïmo Park they were a four-piece band on the verge of splitting up. Bassist Archis Tiku was originally the lead singer along with Duncan Lloyd, but revealed to the band that he and Lloyd had no intention of being frontmen. Smith was discovered by the then-girlfriend of drummer Tom English in a pub while he was singing along to Stevie Wonder's "Superstition". After a few practices, Smith began to write songs with the group, despite never imagining himself as the frontman. Smith can also play the guitar and regularly performs with his original band MeandthetwinS with visual artists Rachel Lancaster, Laura Lancaster and Narbi Price.

Smith's on-stage behaviour is noted as being a little odd – particularly his dancing, pointing and handchops whilst singing. He has been compared to Morrissey and Jarvis Cocker.[2] He also had a part on MTV Cribs in 2006, in which he did not show his home, but a villa in Ibiza, in which Maxïmo Park were staying.

In 2007 he made a cover of "Apply Some Pressure" with Mark Ronson. The same year his A-level Art self-portrait project was auctioned off for charity, by Stockton Sixth Form College.

Paul Smith released his debut solo album, Margins, on 11 October 2010 before undertaking a full European and UK tour during November and December. Alongside this release, his first photographic book, Thinking In Pictures, was released, too, featuring 74 Polaroids taken over the last 6 years. Recently he appeared as a guest editor for The Mays XIX

Smith is a sports fan of Middlesbrough F.C..[3] In the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons, Smith played football for Newcastle IJLW Brazil (now Heaton Rifles), in the Tyneside Amateur League. playing as a striker, he scored three goals (a cup hat-trick) in his nine appearances for the club before leaving due to his growing commitments with Maxïmo Park.

He has a tenor vocal range.[4]

In 2014 Smith teamed up with Field Music singer Peter Brewis to record an album, ‘Frozen By Sight’.[5]

Solo Discography[edit]


  1. ^ Benzine, Adam (30 April 2007). "The 5-Minute Interview: Paul Smith, Singer". The Independent (London). Retrieved 16 November 2007. 
  2. ^ Simpson, Dave (21 October 2005). "Tales of woe and vodka". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Earls, John. "Madcap Park frontman on sex, buses & reinforced crotches". Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
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