New Music: Maximo Park – Hips and Lips

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Fresh from a lengthy hiatus and with a new album cresting the horizon, Maximo Park bring you Hips and Lips; proof that they’ve not lost their knack for producing infectious and addictive indie dancefloor anthems.

You might be forgiven for thinking that the Tyne/Wear rockers have gone a bit Pulp-y. Underneath a sea of vibrant ping-ponging synthesisers and a hammering drumbeat, lead vocalist Paul Smith shows flashes of a Geordie Jarvis Cocker, conceding that ‘You’re a puzzle to me, and you always will be’ as he battles his inner conflict over a dilapidated relationship. The electric guitar’s grungy backing riffs and punchy power chords give a somewhat chaotic, bull-in-a-china-shop atmosphere to the track. It’s a bit of a grower, but as you would probably expect based on their earlier releases, like an Occupy London Activist, Hips and Lips sets up camp in the back of your mind and refuses to leave.

The single will be released on June 11th while The National Health, the band’s bleak and wry analysis of the state of modern Britain, is available to pre order right now.

Maximo Park also have three upcoming tour dates, where fans can get a tantalising glimpse into what surprises The National Health holds for them.

6th May – Glee Club, Birmingham

7th May – Sound Control, Manchester

8th May – Heaven, London

Tickets go onsale from 9am on Friday 27th April.

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