Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Releases, Rock — June 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Maximo Park Rocks England, And More


England, land of indie rock and pop – not surprising that Maximo Park are from Newcastle! Instead of producing any old kind of generic rock, they’ve crystallize the need of action in today’s chaotic world. All this can be found in their new album, The National Health (V2 / Cooperative Music / distribution by Love Da Records), forceful and rip-roaring in nature! Watch the hilarious videoclip for “Hips and Lips”, listen to the album preview and read more about Maximo Park, all below.

Maximo Park are releasing their long awaited fourth album The National Health on June 11 (V2 / Cooperative Music / distribution by Love Da Records).

Three years on from their critically acclaimed album Quicken the Heart, with over 2 million copies of their albums sold and even an arena tour of Europe now under their collective belt, The National Health sees the band back in rip-roaring form; more vital, forceful and potent than ever. Recorded with the legendary Gil Norton (who has worked with everyone from The Pixies to Foo Fighters and Patti Smith) in Rockfield, Wales and Moles, Bath, it is at once ferocious and rousing, and a powerful antidote to the anodyne rock and manufactured pop that all too often passes for our music scene these days.

“We’re in a global recession and everyone is being bombarded with bouncy, happy music,” explains frontman Paul Smith. “The nation is out of control and the record is about taking back control, and being a force for change in your own life. It can’t speak for everybody but it has its eyes and ears all around us…that’s always been a Maximo Park thing: look at yourself. See how you relate to yourself and hopefully someone else will have something in common with it. Our songs are built on empathy. I would hope it’s as vital a music as people would want to hear.”

A powerful blast of incendiary rock and roll, it harnesses the confusion, agitation and chaos currently seeping through the nation’s veins and jolts it violently awake, creating a persuasive clarion call to arms for the disenchanted. Similarly, “Write This Down” is a headrush of off-beam art pop, with Smith sighing “and then your passion cooled/ you really had me fooled” before launching into the angry chorus of “I won’t always be around/ you’d better write this down”. Elsewhere, “Hips and Lips” crackles with newfound energy and vigour, and the jarring discord and tension simmering below the surface of “Banlieue” is brought noisily to the fore as Smith howls, “Here come the animals” at the climax.

Which is not to say they’ve lost their tender touch – crucially, The National Health contains two of their most plaintive love songs to date, with Smith swearing that “this time, I’m not going to lose any momentum” in the lovelorn “Reluctant Love”, and the yearning “The Undercurrents” could possibly be the one of the most exquisite songs they’ve written yet. With The National Health, Maximo Park are now working on a considerably larger scale than they ever have before, but they never forget the human connection that ties everything together. Cherish them now.
VIDEOCLIP – “Hips and Lips”


TRACKLISTING – Extracts to stream via SoundCloud

1. When I Was Wild
2. The National Health
3. Hips and Lips
4. The Undercurrents
5. Write This Down
6. Reluctant Love
7. Until the Earth Would Open
8. Banlieue
9. This Is What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
10. Wolf Among Men
11. Take Me Home
12. Unfamiliar Places
13. Waves of Fear