Maximo Park have long been a curious beast - a British alt-rock band who have enjoyed a moderate amount of success yet have been denied superstar status thanks to the prominence of overrated media-hype acts (we’re looking at you, The Libertines). Everyone usually associates them with their best-known hit ‘Apply Some Pressure’, which has inspired many a drunken dance-off at indie clubs across the globe:
There’s more to the group than this, however – they’ve been together for twelve years now, gathering an ever-more dedicated fanbase and a Mercury Prize nomination along the way. Now they’re gearing up to release their first new material since 2009, with an album entitled The National Health – a much needed state-of-the-nation look at their homeland.
Lead singer Paul Smith had this to say:
“We’re in a global recession and everyone is being bombarded with bouncy, happy music. The nation is out of control and the record is about taking back control, and being a force for change in your own life. It can’t speak for everybody but it has its eyes and ears all around us… that’s always been a Maximo Park thing: look at yourself.”
The album itself is due for release on June 11th, but the title track is available to stream right now. Take a listen: