The beginning of 2014 marks a flurry of activity from Maxïmo Park. Following news of their forthcoming album ‘Too Much Information’ on February 3rd, an accompanying full UK tour and the recently-aired ‘Brain Cells’ track, the band have confirmed the release of the single ‘Leave This Island’ on January 27th, 2014. The track’s taken from a remarkable collection of songs that pulse with life and intent, and reveal a band that can still startle and provoke without having lost any of their restless energy; and, let’s be honest, so many bands nowadays struggle to do that. Yet this particular single itself surges into view with a drumbeat and a ripple of synths flaming Paul Smith’s vocals before culminating into a sweep of uplifting emotion: a band at the top of their game, even Paul warns: “Our lyrics and our music will never be too-cool-for-school – we are an emotional band even if it might be too much information for some.”
The band have recently worked with video artist Matt Stokes to produce a short film featuring a real life ‘urban hermit’ living in the outer reaches of East London. The man lives in his detached reality, surrounded by domestic clutter, his actions depicting a blissful life less ordinary – a final, poignant game of chess outlines his isolated existence. Weird and uncompromising, this is no ordinary promo video.
Recorded in Sunderland with the band’s keyboardist Lukas Wooller and Field Music’s Brewis brothers – David and Peter, at the helm, ‘Leave This Island’ will be available on 12” vinyl and digitally, complete with exclusive B-side ‘A Vague Implication’, a remix of ‘Leave This Island’ courtesy of Mogwai and a mix of ‘Brain Cells’ from the hand of Dave Okumu.
‘Too Much Information’ Tracklisting:
1. Give, Get , Take
2. Brain Cells
3. Leave This Island
4. Lydia, The Ink Will Never Dry
5. My Bloody Mind
6. Is It True?
7. Drinking Martinis
8. I Recognise The Light
9. Midnight On The Hill
10. Her Name Was Audre
11. Where We’re Going