“We still want every song to be hooky, melodic, memorable – to be loved. It’s not a vanity project - we want people to get into it” — Maxïmo Park on their new album ‘NATURE ALWAYS WINS’, out today!
Maxïmo Park’s recorded their new album ‘Nature Always Wins’ during unquestionably the most challenging period for any artist, and pieced together remotely across the Atlantic with producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), “Nature Always Wins” arrives as some of the band’s most impassioned, stirring, and ambitious work to date.
Through the course of new singles such as the psychedelic Child Of The Flatlands, Baby, Sleep‘s playful indie-pop, the jerky and animated I Don’t Know What I’m Doing, and the widescreen rumination of All Of Me, the band have entered into a thrilling new era; one that ties together their story to date in a most cohesive way.
Singer Paul Smith said: “We’re really proud of the album and even though it’s our seventh, we get as excited about the release day as if it was the first time. It’ll be strange not to be able to go out and see it in the shops, but it’s nice to think that these songs might provide listeners with some uplifting moments during the pandemic and beyond.”
The band are also sharing a lyric video for the album’s poignant centrepiece Why Must A Building Burn? today. Smith continues: “Why Must A Building Burn? is a snapshot of ordinary lives touched by tragedy in different ways. I think the heavy subject matter is alleviated, and made more resonant, by the effervescent music. I was thinking of how Prince does that brilliantly in ‘Sign O’ The Times’ when we wrote the song.”
Maxïmo Park have confirmed an exclusive online live-streamed show to celebrate the release of the album, taking place on Saturday March 6th, live from the Riverside, Newcastle.
Lead singer Paul Smith comments on the upcoming show:
“Since we can’t play live in front of a crowd at the moment, we’ve decided to give a live, streamed broadcast from an (almost) empty Riverside venue in Newcastle. We’re excited to be introducing some songs from our new album, ‘Nature Always Wins’, as well as blasting through some old favourites. Join us at 8.30pm GMT on Saturday March 6th…”
Fans can get access to the live stream by purchasing an album bundle with ticket here.
Finally….Why ‘Nature Always Wins’?
“It’s the reality of our situation on earth!” exclaims Paul Smith, grasping the thistle of the unspoken obvious. “You can’t fight against nature, whether it’s human nature or the environment. And to call back to the domestic situation: whatever happens, is down to the nature of who we are. When you give birth to anything, whether it’s a child or an album, you betray who you are in that process.
“Even just making this record the way we have and the way it sounds now – that’s the nature of the band. It wins out. We’re a pop band. They’re songs you can understand, yes, influenced by lots of different genres. But what it comes down to is: we still want every song to be hooky, melodic, memorable – to be loved. It’s not a vanity project – we want people to get into it.
“That is the nature of Maxïmo Park.”
Yeah, what he said.
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