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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




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