by Bruno Gianni
The band named after Máximo Gomez Park (aka Domino Park), in Little Havana, Miami, started in Tyne and Wear, a metropolitan county in northeast England. In the first three years (2000 to 2003), Maxïmo Park had only the four founding members Duncan Lloyd (guitarist), Archis Tiku (bassist), Lukas Wooller (keyboard player) and Tom English (drummer), but they knew something was missing... The then girlfriend of Tom noticed a friend singing along to some tunes, Paul Smith, but his singing abilities weren't clear.
"When he first joined we didn't know if he could sing, just that he was a lunatic jumping around in a suit, it felt like the last piece of the jigsaw".
It is obvious what the result was. 3 studio albums, "A Certain Trigger", Mercury Prize nominated, and over 300,000 copies sold, "Our Earthly Pleasures", double platinum as well, and the latest, "Quicken the Heart". The band announced in July 2011 a new album for 2012, so "I'd like to wait to see how things turn out".
But why would one enjoy such a band ?
"I am not an acrobat… I cannot perform these tricks for you", Paul Smith sings, but this is exactly what happens... These acrobatic sound tricks that Maxïmo Park performs to its songs are quiet hard to explain... A mixture of deep lyrics, rhythm twists and catchy choruses creates the perfect atmosphere for their songs to evolve... And let's hope we find that on their new album...
"Once a glimpse was all I needed" to start listening to Maxïmo Park, and hopefully this is exactly what you need too to do it so.
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