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Nature Always Wins

    An album of our times, Newcastle band Maximo Park return with their seventh record Nature Always Wins

    The album arrives as something of an examination, zeroing in on the notion of the self, identity as a band, and that of humanity as a whole. The album’s title nods to the famous Nature vs Nurture debate. Discussing whether change is capable under the influence of time, perspective, environment or if we are destined to be bound by our own genetics, it asks, “who are we, and who do we want to be, and do we have any control over it?”.

    “I'm so happy we were able to make this album during lockdown, as it's been a challenging time for everyone. After almost 4 years since Risk To Exist, we wanted to explore new musical territory (for us) without sacrificing our trademark melodic twists and heartfelt lyrics. As always, the passing of time looms large, although the songs contain more affection for the past than before, and there are occasional hints of the fractious, divided time that we live in” – frontman Paul Smith

    Produced by Atlanta-based Grammy-winning producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), who afforded the band freedom to play and create. What wasn’t anticipated was how that freedom would be soon be stripped, as lockdown restrictions left the band recording remotely across Newcastle, Liverpool and Atlanta with audio files bounced back and forth, 4000 miles across the world!

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Nature Always Wins sees Maximo Park in fine form within a familiar but gradually perfected arena, mixing bombastic hooks and those unmistakeable vocals high in the mix. Propulsive and beautifully produced, this may be their finest outing yet.

    TRACK LISTING

    Partly Of My Making
    Versions Of You
    Baby, Sleep
    Placeholder
    All Of Me
    Ardour
    Meeting Up
    Why Must A Building Burn?
    I Don’t Know What I’m Doing
    The Acid Remark
    Feelings I’m Supposed To Feel
    Child Of The Flatlands

    Maximo Park

    Nature Always Wins - Bands FC Print Edition

      An album of our times, Newcastle band Maximo Park return with their seventh record Nature Always Wins

      The album arrives as something of an examination, zeroing in on the notion of the self, identity as a band, and that of humanity as a whole. The album’s title nods to the famous Nature vs Nurture debate. Discussing whether change is capable under the influence of time, perspective, environment or if we are destined to be bound by our own genetics, it asks, “who are we, and who do we want to be, and do we have any control over it?”.

      “I'm so happy we were able to make this album during lockdown, as it's been a challenging time for everyone. After almost 4 years since Risk To Exist, we wanted to explore new musical territory (for us) without sacrificing our trademark melodic twists and heartfelt lyrics. As always, the passing of time looms large, although the songs contain more affection for the past than before, and there are occasional hints of the fractious, divided time that we live in” – frontman Paul Smith

      Produced by Atlanta-based Grammy-winning producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), who afforded the band freedom to play and create. What wasn’t anticipated was how that freedom would be soon be stripped, as lockdown restrictions left the band recording remotely across Newcastle, Liverpool and Atlanta with audio files bounced back and forth, 4000 miles across the world!

      TRACK LISTING

      Partly Of My Making
      Versions Of You
      Baby, Sleep
      Placeholder
      All Of Me
      Ardour
      Meeting Up
      Why Must A Building Burn?
      I Don’t Know What I’m Doing
      The Acid Remark
      Feelings I’m Supposed To Feel
      Child Of The Flatlands

      Maximo Park

      As Long As We Keep Moving

        Maximo Park release this live album spanning their six albums to date. "Get High (No, I Don’t)" and "What Equals Love?" appear from latest album "Risk To Exist", as does Top 20 single "Books From Boxes", and the beloved "Going Missing" B-Side "A19". Much-loved on record, the band are famed for reaching new levels of dynamism, energy and excitement in a live environment. Many fan-favourites are given such life in this new release. Mixed by Adrian Bushby, he captures the band at the peak of their powers, showcasing what has made them such a popular live act over the last 14 years.




        TRACK LISTING

        1. Get High (No, I Don’t)(Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
        2. I Want You To Stay (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
        3. Girls Who Play Guitars (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
        4. Questing, Not Coasting (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
        5. The National Health (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
        6. A19 (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
        7. What Equals Love? (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
        8. Limassol (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
        9. Midnight On The Hill (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
        10. Books From Boxes (Recorded Live At Vada Studios) 

        Risk To Exist’ sees Maximo Park on blistering form, bringing together their trademark hook-laden melodies and sense of urgency with off-kilter rock, soulful grooves and pop sensibilities. Informed by the dire state of world affairs in 2016 and crumbling political systems, their latest body of work is a vital record for our times. ‘Risk To Exist’ 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 2016. 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’. With 1,500,000 albums and four UK Top 10 albums under their belt to date, Maximo Park have once again shifted seamlessly into a higher gear. They have expertly crafted an infectious pop album for our time, confronting the crucial issues track by track, one monstrous hook at a time.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Having all the melodic leanings of their previous efforts but with a lucidity and maturity that seeps into every neon-tinged chorus and beautifully engineered chord progression, Risk To Exist sounds like a band at ease with their forte. Confidently accomplished and brilliantly conceived anthems all-round.

        TRACK LISTING

        Disc: 1
        1. What Did We Do To You To Deserve This?
        2. Get High (No, I Don't)
        3. What Equals Love?
        4. Risk To Exist
        5. I'll Be Around
        6. Work And Then Wait
        7. The Hero
        8. The Reason I Am Here
        9. Make What You Can
        10. Respond To The Feeling
        11. Alchemy

        Disc: 2 (COOKCD654X Only)
        1. Sharp Tongue (Bonus Track)
        2. A Brief Dream (Bonus Track)
        3. All Been Done Before (Bonus Track)
        4. Work And Then Wait (Acoustic Version)
        5. Risk To Exist (Acoustic Version)
        6. Get High (No, I Don’t) (Acoustic Version)
        7. I'll Be Around (Piano Version) 


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