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'People know that they're going to get a great show' ; Maximo Park SPLENDOURHeadlining the Jagermeister Stage at this year's Splendour will be...

July 19, 2013


'People know that they're going to get a great show' ; Maximo Park SPLENDOURHeadlining the Jagermeister Stage at this year's Splendour will be Geordie indie-rockers Maximo Park. Liam Coleman reports

GEORDIE art-rockers Maximo Park will be headlining the Jagermeister Stage at Splendour this year.

The indie five-piece will perform songs from their critically acclaimed 2012 release The National Health, alongside classics from their back catalogue such as Apply Some Pressure and Girls Who Play Guitars. The band arrived on the national scene in 2005, when they released A Certain Trigger.

Uncut Magazine likened lead-singer Paul Smith's dejected northern vocal to Jarvis Cocker and the album was nominated for the Mercury Prize that year. Before the five-piece knew what had happened, they had gone from struggling to sell out tiny venues to being at the centre of the UK indie movement of the mid-2000s. Maximo Park's irresistible rise continued in 2007 with the release of Our Earthly Pleasures, the lead single from which, Our Velocity, became their first top ten hit. Buoyed by this success, the Tynesiders sold out Rock City that year, months in advance.

They repeated the trick again two years later on a tour to promote their third studio album, Quicken The Heart.

But the indie bubble was close to bursting and the album performed worse than its predecessors, both critically and commercially.

Smith focused on his solo career and released Margins in late 2010.

After leaving Warp Records, Maximo Park re-emerged last year with a new album, The National Health, released on V2.

We're in a global recession and everyone is being bombarded with bouncy, happy music, said Smith of the tone of the album.

The nation is out of control and the record is about taking back control, and being a force for change in your own life, he continued, adding rather boldly that the album would be as vital a music as people would want to hear.

The National Health was better received critically with the NME calling it a brilliant return to form in an 8/10 review.

Maximo Park are famed for their passionate live performances and Smith has talked up what the live performances mean to the band: We try and connect with people. A lot of bands just go through the motions. We're trying to do something that means something to people on a nightly basis.

I don't feel we'll ever be that band, because if I ever feel like that's going to happen we'll do something about it. It's not in our nature. People see the name and know what we're about.

He put the band's longevity down to a dedicated base of fans.

People that know the band know that they're going to get a great show and they know that the records will be made in good faith.

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