As one of the most popular indie rock bands established since the turn of the century, Maxïmo Park have amassed one of the largest cult following in the British music scene and abroad. With years of touring under their belt and four studio albums to their name, they are about to release their fifth album Too Much Information. We had the pleasure of speaking with drummer Tom English to discuss favourite lyrics, Townes Van Zandt, and mass over-exposure.
AMBY: Hello Maxïmo Park, cheers for speaking with AMBY. What’s the band been up to lately?
Maxïmo Park: Thanks for asking, AMBY. We’ve been slowly ticking off a long list of “content” and “assets” to accompany the release of our new record, with the usual mixed feelings of excitement and amateurishness.
AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?
Maxïmo Park: Paul: funny, Dunc: proud, Lukas: weird, Me: mean, Archis: lovely.
AMBY: You’ll soon release your fifth album Too Much Information. What is the significance behind the LP’s title?
Maxïmo Park: It refers to a few things: the frankness of the lyrics; the variety in the music; and the feeling that everything we say and do is an ever-more trivial drop in an ever-deepening ocean of collective human experience, like.
AMBY: Looking forward to the upcoming release of Too Much Information; how would you describe the feel of the record?
Maxïmo Park: Each track is quite different – style and tempo-wise, it’s our most varied album by far – so, overall, I would say it feels uninhibited, partly down to us producing it ourselves.
AMBY: When creating the album, what was your ultimate goal?
Maxïmo Park: To finish it! Sorry…
AMBY: The band also released a new single, Leave This Island. What’s the story behind the song?
Maxïmo Park: It was one of Lukas’ special chord sequences that forced us to work in a different way: using mainly synths and a kind of studio-manufactured drum part, it was all about controlling the drama in the music to support Paul’s relatively mellow vocal. I believe the words are based on an Alan Warner novel, These Demented Lands.
AMBY: Which Maxïmo Park lyric is your favourite?
Maxïmo Park: I really like the line; “Why do I long for a life that I already have?/When I’m out I must be out of my bloody mind” from My Bloody Mind, on the new album. I think we can all relate to that to some extent.
AMBY: You dropped an excellent cover of Lover, Lover, Lover by Leonard Cohen. Can we expect to see any other covers in the near future?
Maxïmo Park: Thanks! Well, that’s one of six we’ve put on the 2nd disc of the deluxe edition of TMI. Other artists we’ve covered include The Fall and Townes Van Zandt.
AMBY: What does 2014 hold for Maxïmo Park?
Maxïmo Park: Mass over-exposure! To ourselves, most likely.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s the best part of being in Maxïmo Park?
Maxïmo Park: Having an audience.
Thank you Maxïmo Park, for giving us your answers!