AI have been a longtime fan of Maxïmo Park. I remember the first time I heard Graffiti stopping dead in my tracks and muttering who the hell is this. Since that day I have followed their career and I can proudly boast that they are my favorite band. It is easy to connect with the energy of their music and what I consider some of the most intelligent and heartfelt vocals to be put to tape. I have also seen them live and was astounded that they could kick it up a notch higher. I vividly recollect pressing against the stage at the Mod Club in Toronto, in all of the frenzy that night. I was blown away by what felt like being steamrolled by a runaway train. Having released their brilliant new album The National Health, lead singer, songwriter and dynamic force Paul Smith graciously took the time to answer some questions for us.
AMBY: You are one of the most frenetic and charismatic performers I have seen. Where does that come from?
PS: A love of the songs – I get immersed in the sound and the emotion of the lyrics.
AMBY: The band has a knack for conveying emotion through the music and fortifying it with heartfelt lyrical depth. How important is it for you to connect with your audience on that level?
PS: It’s a large part of our raison d’etre. Music is about communication and connection.
AMBY: On the new album The National Health, how do you think your sound has evolved?
PS: The music is more diverse and I think we get more confident with each release.
AMBY: If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be and why?
PS: Jay Gatsby, caught in a social whirlwind, but searching for something more.
AMBY:What three songs by Maximo Park have to be on everyone’s playlist?
PS: Books From Boxes, The Undercurrents, Our Velocity.
AMBY: Tell us something that nobody knows about you.
PS: I have lots of cupboards.
AMBY: How would you define success for yourselves as a band?
PS: Writing a song that we’re proud of, collectively.
AMBY: And lastly, where would you go in a time machine?
PS: I’d go and be a student at the Bauhaus in the 1920s.
I’d like to thank Paul and Maxïmo Park for continuously delivering amazing music. I would also like to thank Matt at Prolifica Management for helping make this happen. Definitely go out and buy their new album The National Health to be transported into the fantastic sound and lyrics of Maxïmo Park. Listen to Our Velocity below, a song which should be on everyone’s players. And once again, thank you Paul, for giving us your answers!
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