Maxïmo Park

Maxïmo Park

Maxïmo Park at Radio 1's Big Weekend in 2005.
Background information
Origin Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Genres Indie rock, post-punk revival, alternative rock
Years active 2001 (2001)–present
Labels V2, Beat, Warp, Hostees, Cooking Vinyl
Members Paul Smith
Duncan Lloyd
Archis Tiku
Lukas Wooller
Tom English

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), Archis Tiku (bass guitar), Lukas Wooller (keyboard) and Tom English (drums). The band have released five studio albums: A Certain Trigger (2005); Our Earthly Pleasures (2007), Quicken the Heart (2009), The National Health (2012) and Too Much Information (2014). The first two albums went gold in the UK and their debut was nominated for the Mercury Prize.[1]


Formation and early releases (2000–2003)

The band was created by guitarist Duncan Lloyd and 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".[2] 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") which was recorded by Duncan Lloyd in his and Thomas English's flat in Fenham, Newcastle. The band's second release was a 7" vinyl of their tracks (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 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 released their first album, A Certain Trigger, which sold over 300,000 copies and was nominated for the Mercury Prize in July 2005.[2] In July, Maxïmo Park had the honour of being the first band to play the Ibiza Rocks festival on its opening event.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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)

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 with the producer Nick Launay, known for his recent work with Nick Cave and Grinderman.[6] 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.[7] Tickets for a tour taking place in May 2009 sold out in record time . In 2010, they performed a new song called "Banlieue",[8] 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)

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.[9]

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.[10]

Too Much Information (2013–present)

On 15 November 2013, Maxïmo Park announced the forthcoming release of their fifth album.[11] 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."[12] 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.[13]

Other contributions

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 song to the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation, as well as having their song "Acrobat" covered by Seefeel.

Band members

Touring members


Studio albums


  1. "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  2. 1 2 Duerden, Nick (22 February 2007). "An audience with Maximo Park's front man". The Independent. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
  3. Events. Ibiza Rocks. Retrieved on 2012-04-15.
  4. . Retrieved on 2012-08-15.
  5. "Maximo Park unveil new album details". NME. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2007.
  6. "Maximo Park begin recording third album". NME. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
  7. "Quicken The Heart Track listing and Release Date". 11 March 2009. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
  8. song called Banlieue, Maximo park play new. "Maximo Park - Banlieue - (Split Festival 2010)".
  9. "Maximo Park announce details of new album". 28 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  10. "Maximo Park Bassist to Take Break from Band". 27 September 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  11. "New Maximo Park Album Announced". 15 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  12. "Maximo Park announce new album and share free download". 18 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  13. "Maximo Park play for Dermot". 11 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.

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