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Video of the Moment #1434: Maximo Park

 
By on Friday, 24th January 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

I’m ridiculously excited about the release of Maximo Park‘s fifth album ‘Too Much Information’ out on the 3rd of February. Paul Smith has been making the rounds on 6music, appearing on Radcliffe/Maconie and Lammo’s Roundtable to talk up the new album (guh, Geordie accent). And now here is the lyric video for ‘Lydia, The Ink Will Never Dry’, which is less dance than ‘Brain Cells’ but is more upbeat and more Maximo (if that’s possible?) than ‘Leave This Island’. If there was any question what ‘ink’ they were referring to, it should be immediately apparent in this video. (Imagine my disappointment when this writer assumed they meant writing letters!)

 

Video of the Moment #1410: Maximo Park

 
By on Monday, 9th December 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

Geordies Maximo Park have decidedly taken a turn towards dance – or at least industrial-y, beat-heavy / -driven music – with their forthcoming 2014 album ‘Too Much Information’, scheduled to be released on on the 3rd of February. First evidence was first taster from last month, ‘Brain Cells’, which you can get for free from this previous MP3 of the Day post. Now, we’ve got another taster, this one called ‘Leave This Island’, to be released as in 12″ and download forms on the 27th of January. While not as groovy as ‘Brain Cells’, it’s got an interesting, uplifting quality to it, reflected in its promo. Watch the video below.

Catch Maximo on tour in March 2014.

 

Maximo Park / March 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 27th November 2013 at 9:00 am
 

Hot on the heels of announcing their upcoming album ‘Too Much Information’ to be released on the 3rd of February 2014, Maximo Park have also announced a list of UK tour dates for March 2014. The band plan to play a mix of their new music and the covers featured on the deluxe version of the album, including their version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Lover, Lover, Lover’, streaming below.

Tickets for the following dates go on sale at 9 AM this Friday, the 29th of November.

Update: support will be from London’s Teleman.

Thursday 6th March 2014 – Portsmouth Pyramids
Friday 7th March 2014 – Bristol Academy
Saturday 8th March 2014 – Glasgow Academy
Monday 10th March 2014 – Liverpool Academy
Tuesday 11 March 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 13th March 2014 – Leeds Academy
Friday 14th March 2014 – Birmingham Institute
Saturday 15th March 2014 – Manchester Academy
Monday 17th March 2014 – Norwich UEA
Wednesday 19th March 2014 – Oxford Academy
Thursday 20th March 2014 – London Forum
Friday 21st March 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Saturday 22nd March 2014 Newcastle Academy (added)

 

MP3 of the Day #792: Maximo Park

 
By on Thursday, 21st November 2013 at 10:00 am
 

This past Monday, we posted the video for ‘Brain Cells’, the first taster to Maximo Park‘s next album ‘Too Much Information’, out early next year. The song has as a dance feel, which makes me think the Geordies went into a funkier direction. Will this risk pay off? We’ll find out on the 3rd of February 2014. In the meantime though, if you like the song, you can have it for free by signing up for their mailing list below.

 

Video of the Moment #1387: Maximo Park

 
By on Monday, 18th November 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

This just in: Maximo Park will be releasing ‘Too Much Information’, their fifth album, on the 3rd of February 2014. With impressive production help from the Invisible‘s and Field Music brothers David and Peter Brewis, this is looking to be one of the most anticipated albums of next year. Today they’ve released the promo video for the first taster ‘Brain Cells’ from the new record, with the song itself having a dance beat undercurrent. Watch the video below.

 

TGTF Top 10: Songs with Science-y Titles

 
By on Friday, 12th October 2012 at 11:00 am
 

With the 2012 Nobel Prize winners in Medicine and Physiology, Physics and Chemistry announced this week, us here at TGTF thought it would be fitting for some discussion of the best songs that have managed to sneak science into their titles. This year’s Literature and Peace Prize winners have also been announced, but let’s face it. There are way too many tunes that would be appropriate and it’s a lot easier to get peace and love into a song, and music is just another art like literature, innit? So without further adieu…

10. Freelance Whales – ‘Enzymes’ (chemistry)
I’m not sure what this song means. “Turn into the tide / spill out your enzymes”: is that a sexual reference? Or maybe a cleansing of your soul? Not sure. Either way, they start the list with a obviously geeky song title.

9. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – ‘Twins’ (medicine / physiology)
While it would have been cool to have a song that was literally about the making of twins, this song instead is talking about how people can be perceived as twins as being peas in a pod. Which is the closest you’re going to get outside of genetics. And sheer luck.

8. Everything Everything – ‘Tin (the Manhole)’ (chemistry)
A song with a chemistry title but really about mortality (so could fit in the medicine / physiology group too).

7. Muse – ‘The Resistance’ (physics)
While it’s a stretch with “love is our resistance”, the next line “they keep us apart and they won’t stop breaking us down” actually, rather hilariously, sounds like how in biology, a receptor grabs onto its substrate: made for each other.

6. Maximo Park – ‘Our Velocity’ (physics)
“Never, never try to gauge temperature / when you tend to travel / at such speed / it’s our velocity” – it’s like a physics nerd’s love poem!

5. Tom Williams and the Boat – ‘My Bones’ (medicine / physiology)
Tom Williams effectively harnesses the feelings deep down in one’s bones, the only kind that love lost can engender.

4. The Wombats – ‘Anti-D’ (medicine / physiology)
This is the true story of lead singer Murph’s experience with anti-depressants that didn’t work. It even names citalopram, an actual anti-depressant that physically makes it impossible to cry (“the only tears come from our heads when we concentrate”).

3. Noah and the Whale – ‘Two Atoms in a Molecule’ (chemistry)
Love compared to what happens when two atoms come together to make a molecule? Yes, Charlie Fink *did* go there.

2. Mystery Jets – ‘Serotonin’ (medicine / physiology)
Named after the ‘happy’ neurotransmitter, it’s used effectively here as a way to call out a girl’s name (“Sarah…serotonin…”) and describe the way you feel like when you’re in love. Perfect, really.

1. OMD – ‘Electricity’ (physics)
The song is literally about power, or rather the wasting of it by mankind. Who knew the current flowing through Thomas Edison’s lightbulbs had it going on? And it was the ’80s, so here is a catchy as hell synth melody.

Honourable mention: Thomas Dolby – ‘She Blinded Me with Science’
It’s set in a wacky (no pun intended) mental institution. And come on, there’s an actual scientist – Magnus Pyke – in the video and adding strange interjections into the song. It doesn’t fall into any category but we’d be remiss not mentioning it on this list.

 
 
 

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