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Maximo Park Biography

Maximo Park (formed 2000)

Maximo Park is a Tyne and Wear-based alternative rock band, signed to Warp Records. The line-up of the band consists of Paul Smith on vocals, Duncan Lloyd on guitar, Lukas Wooller on keyboard, Archus Tiku on bass and Tom English on drums. Both of their albums have achieved double-platinum status and their debut album was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2005.

Maximo Park: Formation

In 2000, Maximo Park formed, taking their name from Maximo Gomez Park in Cuba. In the early months of their inception, the band played a number of small shows in and around their home town, as well as an 'In the City' industry showcase in Manchester.

Originally, Archis and Duncan were the vocalists for the band but they decided that they wanted to recruit a singer so that they could concentrate on writing the songs. Smith was a friend of Tom English's and it was Tom's girlfriend that first spotted Paul singing along to 'Superstition' by Stevie Wonder and suggested that he joined the band.

In March 2004, Maximo Park released a limited edition "7 single, 'Graffiti' that was funded by a friend. They later released a number of home recorded tracks onto vinyl. One of these records made its way into the hands of Steve Beckett, of Warp Records, who promptly signed the band.

Maximo Park's debut album, A Certain Trigger was released in 2005 and sold over 300,000 copies. The album was also nominated for that year's Mercury Music Prize. Musically, Maximo Park are often compared to another band from the North-East, The Futureheads.

In August the next year, Maximo Park began recording their next album, which was produced by Gil Norton. Norton had previously worked with the likes of Throwing Muses, The Pixies, Foo Fighters and Patti Smith. The album was recorded in London. Entitled Our Earthly Pleasures, it was released in April 2007. The lead single from the album was 'Our Velocity'.

In October 2008, Maximo Park released a statement saying that they had started work in Los Angeles on their new album. This time, they had Nick Launay on board as producer. Launay was known for his work with Grinderman, Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Arcade Fire.

Quicken the Heart was released in May 2009. The lead single from the album was 'The 'Kids Are Sick Again'.

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paul smith of maximo park performing live at tmn ao
paul smith of maximo park performing live at tmn ao
paul smith of maximo park performing live at tmn ao

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The Latest Maximo Park News

Maximo Park Star Undergoes Emergency Eye Surgery

6th March 2014

British rockers Maximo Park have delayed the start of their U.K. tour after frontman Paul Smith underwent emergency eye surgery.The...

British Music Festival Axed

18th September 2013

A British music festival featuring performances from Maximo Park and the Mystery Jets has been axed.The Ringmaster event was scheduled...

Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2012: Our Predictions

1st November 2012

As the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2012 draws near, we have a look at the shortlist and the likelihood of...

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29th August 2012

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Maximo Park Plan One-day Gig Marathon

12th June 2012

British rockers Maximo Park will play five gigs in a single day to celebrate the release of their new album.The...

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Maximo Park Reviews

Maximo Park - The National Health Album Review

25th May 2012

'The National Health" finds Maximo Park playing to their strengths. It's the band's fourth studio...

Maximo Park - Karaoke Plays Single Review

19th November 2007

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Maximo Park - Girls Who Play Guitars Single Review

10th September 2007

Maximo ParkGirls Who Play GuitarsSingle Review Maximo Park is one of those crowd pleaser bands...

Maximo Park - Books From Boxes Single Review

18th June 2007

Maximo ParkBooks From BoxesSingle ReviewTwo years on from their 'A Certain Trigger' opus and Maximo...

Maximo Park - Nottingham Rock City Live Review

2nd May 2007

Maximo Park & Art Brut Nottingham Rock City Wednesday 25th AprilLive ReviewIt seems incomprehensible that...

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Maximo Park Festivals

Boston Calling

23rd May 2014

Leeds & Reading Festival

22nd August 2014

Carling Weekend

24th August 2007

Ms Dockville Festival

15th August 2014

Bingley Music Live

29th August 2014

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Maximo Park Interviews

Maximo Park, Interview

14th June 2012

With The National Health indie rockers Maximo Park combine equal parts social angst with the...

Maximo Park, Interview

7th June 2006

Maximo Park Interview Maximo Park seem to come from the strong tradition of British social...

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The Latest Maximo Park Press Releases

Maximo Park Previews New Album 'Too Much Information On Facebook - Out February 3rd 2014

30th January 2014

Maxïmo Park have made their new album, Too Much Information...

Maximo Park Announce UK March 2014 Tour

26th November 2013

Following news of their fifth album 'Too Much Information' and its imminent arrival in February...

Maximo Park Announce New Album 'Too Much Information' Released 3rd February 2014

18th November 2013

Maximo Park are pleased to announce their  return early next year with...

Maximo Park And Miles Kane Kick Off Jd Roots In 2013

19th April 2013

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Maximo Park Announce 'The National Health Remix Ep' Released Jan 14th 2013

4th December 2012

This year has already seen the triumphant return of Maximo Park - if there was...

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