Risk to Exist

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Risk to Exist
Maximo Park - Risk to Exist cover art.jpg
Studio album by
Released21 April 2017
RecordedAutumn 2016
StudioThe Loft (Chicago, Illinois)
GenreIndie rock
ProducerTom Schick
Maxïmo Park chronology
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Risk to Exist
Singles from Risk to Exist
  1. "Risk to Exist"
    Released: 19 January 2017
  2. "What Did We Do to You to Deserve This?"
    Released: 3 March 2017
  3. "Get High (No I Don't)"
    Released: 22 March 2017

Risk to Exist is the sixth studio album by British indie rock band Maxïmo Park. It was released on 21 April 2017 through their own Daylighting imprint as well as Cooking Vinyl. The album's lead single was first aired on the Steve Lamacq show on BBC 6 Music on 19 January 2017.

Background and recording[edit]

On 14 October 2016, guitarist Duncan Lloyd announced that recording was almost complete on the band's sixth album, then untitled.[1] Writing for the album took place primarily in the UK while recording took place at Wilco's The Loft studio in Chicago through Autumn 2016. The album was produced by Tom Schick, whose previous work includes Wilco, Beck and White Denim and was recorded entirely live. Mimi Parker from the USA band Low features on backing vocals on several tracks on the album.[2]


The press release for the album's announcement described its lyrical content as being "informed by the dire state of world affairs in 2016 and crumbling political systems". The album is to be released in several formats, including deluxe CD and digital editions, transparent vinyl and on tape cassette.

Track listing[edit]

1."What Did We Do to You to Deserve This?"3:24
2."Get High (No, I Don't)"3:30
3."What Equals Love?"3:45
4."Risk to Exist"3:39
5."I'll Be Around"3:43
6."Work and Then Wait"3:02
7."The Hero"3:43
8."The Reason I Am Here"3:40
9."Make What You Can"3:49
10."Respond to the Feeling"3:06
Total length:39:24


Maxïmo Park

Additional musicians

  • Mimi Parker – backing vocals
  • Paul Rafferty - bass guitar


Chart (2017) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[3] 58
Scottish Albums (OCC)[4] 12
UK Albums (OCC)[5] 11
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[6] 4


  1. ^ "Duncan Lloyd on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-01-20.
  2. ^ "Maximo Park - Risk To Exist Deluxe CD Album (Signed) - TM Stores". maximopark.tmstor.es. Retrieved 2017-01-20.
  3. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Maxïmo Park – Risk to Exist" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 April 2017.