Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Monday 06 March 2017

Risk To Exist: Political Is Also The Personal On Maximo Parks Forthcoming Album

Alternative pop weirdsters Maximo Park will be in Bexhill, East Sussex, this Spring, hot on the heels of their new album Risk To Exist.

Bringing together their trademark hook-laden melodies and sense of urgency with off-kilter rock, soulful grooves and pop sensibilities, the album is a vital record for our times, raging against the dire state of world affairs and crumbling political systems.
 
Frontman Paul Smith said: "The album is, ultimately, about empathy. Some songs are simple messages of solidarity and others are fuelled by anger at the elitist, established order of British society. 

"There's a questioning of power throughout and a feeling that there must be a different way of structuring our society in order to alleviate inequality. 

"Musically, the songs reflect more soulful and groove-based influences, allowing more space in the arrangements than ever before. 


"The central idea is to align great pop melodies with songs that reflect the state of the nation."
 
These are pop songs that talk about big issues without talking down to the listener; an album where the political is also the personal.
 
Risk To Exist, which is  released April 21st, was co-produced by Tom Schick (Wilco, Beck, White Denim) and Maximo Park. 

Keen for the inspiration of unfamiliar surroundings after writing the album in their native North-East, the band decamped to Wilco"s studio, The Loft in Chicago, in Autumn of last year.
 
Recorded completely live, the recording represents another bold stylistic step for the band after 2014"s Top 10 Too Much Information

Maximo Park have also enlisted Mimi Parker from acclaimed US band Low for the record, whose voice lends its inimitable warmth to five album tracks, including lead single Risk To Exist.
 
The band has expertly crafted an infectious pop album for our time, confronting the crucial issues track by track, one monstrous hook at a time.

Maximo Park play Bexhill De La Warr Pavillion on Saturday 13th May 2017. CLICK HERE for more info.  The Album 'Risk to Exist' is released on 21st April 2017.                     

by: Mike Cobley




Share    


Feist's first album in six years reflects on secrets and shame, loneliness and tenderness, care and fatigue and is at its core a study on self-awareness. 


I was a Dodson and Fogg virgin until the Down At The Beach EP landed in my inbox. I am, in contrast, a long-time fan of the EP's creator, Chris Wade. He's written a wealth of book and magazine titles; the contents of which both inform and entertain. 

Alzheimer's Society has launched a new campaign calling on people in Brighton and Hove to set aside their differences - from age to tastes and social standing to political allegiances - and unite in the fight against dementia, as it’s set to become the 21st century's biggest killer.
Image © Alessia-Chinazzo

Arthur Miller's 1953 play seems to gain in resonance as time marches on - originally a response to the McCarthy-era Communist Witch-hunts, Miller was compelled to write about the actual 1692 witch-hunts in Salem, New England where neighbours and friends turned on each other in a frenzy of lies, peer pressure and a campaign of fear by the authorities. 
Copyright Francesca Grace McLeod

The Artists Open Houses festival 2017, the largest event of its kind in the UK, will take place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over four weekends of May, starting Saturday 6th May.

This spring, Brighton is set for a surprise as an entertainment paradise pops up in the leafy greenery of the Royal Pavilion Garden. 

Byline Festival launches at Pippingford Park, East Sussex, this summer, offering festivalgoers a unique opportunity to recapture the spirit of festivals when they had a sense of purpose. It is for everyone who doesn't want to take Trump, fake news or alternative truth lying down.

Next month, May 2017, marks Chris T-T's 20th anniversary making music. The same week in 1997 that Tony Blair came to power, Chris moved to London and before the end of May he’d played his first solo gigs (Chris that is, not Tony) and self-released his debut 7” single.  

Three friends with a passion for philanthropy and adventure have decided to take on the Mongol Rally to raise funds and awareness for St. John's School and College, a special educational needs school, college and charity based in Kemptown, Brighton and Firle Road, Seaford.

You hear it all the time: 'Bands these days have got nothing to say' .. 'It's not like it was in my day' .. 'Where are the voices of today's generation?'

Woody Allen is seemingly fixated on the end. He has little truck for the long haul that leads up to his inevitable demise. Life to him, like film making, is ‘'a different kind of pain.’

Edgar William Jones, also known as Edgar Summertyme, is an English singer-songwriter and musician who was originally the bass player and singer-songwriter for the Stairs and has since formed and fronted the Isrites, The Big Kids, Edgar Jones & the Joneses and Free Peace. 
Kate Tempest by Eddie Otchere

At a political and social moment that feels particularly precarious, Kate Tempest's Brighton Festival programme (6-28 May 2017) celebrates what she calls the Everyday Epic. 

Experts in HIV will gather at a special Brighton Festival event to discuss the city's United Nations ''Fast Track City' status.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd