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Maxïmo Park are a British alternative rock band, formed in 2000. They are signed to Warp Records. The band consists of Paul Smith (vocals), Duncan Lloyd (guitar), Archis Tiku (bass), Lukas Wooller (keyboard) and Tom English (drums). The band have released three studio albums: their 2005 debut album A Certain Trigger, which was nominated for the Mercury Prize, the 2007 follow-up Our Earthly Pleasures, and their third album named Quicken the Heart, was released in May 2009. The first two albums went double platinum.


Formation and early releases (2000-2004)

Maxïmo Park formed in Tyne and Wear in 2000. Their name was created by guitarist and founding member Duncan Lloyd with bass player Archis Tiku, adapted from Máximo Gómez Park in Cuba . Initially, the four founding members played several small shows including Manchester's 'In the City', which showcases unsigned bands in the UK. In 2003, the band decided they wanted a frontman as original singers Archis and Duncan wanted to focus on writing the songs. The then-girlfriend of drummer Tom English, noticed his friend Paul Smith singing along to Stevie Wonder's "Superstition". When Smith was found, the band did not know if he could sing, "when he first joined we didn't know if he could; just that he was a lunatic jumping around in a suit, it felt like the last piece of the jigsaw". With Smith joining the band gave him demos of their songs and from then on started writing as unit.

Around March 2004, a friend funded 300 copies of a 7" red vinyl single "Graffiti" and later released a vinyl of their tracks ("The Coast Is Always Changing"/"The Night I Lost My Head") that they recorded in their house in Fenham. After some time of doing gigs around their home town, Steve Beckett of the dance-electronic label Warp Records got hold of one of these records and decided to sign the band to his label.

A Certain Trigger to Our Earthly Pleasures (2005-2007)

In 2005, Maxïmo Park released their debut album, A Certain Trigger, which sold over 300,000 copies and was nominated for the Mercury Prize in July 2005.

In August 2006, the band announced that they had started work on their next album, which was produced by Gil Norton and recorded in Londonmarker at Rak Studios in St John's Woodmarker. On 22 January 2007, the band announced that their second album, Our Earthly Pleasures, would be released on 2 April 2007 and would be preceded by the album's lead single, "Our Velocity", on 19 March 2007. On 30 January 2007 the band released details of a tour to promote Our Earthly Pleasures, the tickets of which sold out within minutes upon their release on 2 February 2007.

Paul Smith revealed in The Guardian that they had recently been writing a lot of material based on obituaries, and mentioned a possibility of a compilation CD of songs based on biographical content, and obituarial content.

Quicken the Heart (2008–present)

In October 2008, the band announced that they had started recording their third album in Los Angelesmarker with producer Nick Launay, known for his recent work with Nick Cave and Grinderman. On 26 November 2008, it was reported by that Smith had announced in a blog posting that the album had been completed, however, the producer of the album, Launay, wanted to take "a little break before starting to mix it".

The full track list of the album was announced on 11 March 2009. Quicken the Heart was released on May 11, with the first single, "The Kids Are Sick Again" being released a week earlier. Tickets for a tour taking place in May 2009 sold out in record time

In 2009 they contributed a cover of a Vincent Gallo song to the Warp20 compilation, as well as having their song "Acrobat" covered by Seefeel.



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