Bonus songs include a cover version of The Proclaimers ‘500 Miles’ & another in the obituaries series ‘Don McPhee’
Maximo Park release a new single, taken from their Number Two debuting album Our Earthly Pleasures, through Warp Records on Monday 11th June. Books From Boxes is the follow-up to the Top Ten smash Our Velocity. As a special treat the bonus songs include a cover version of The Proclaimers hardy perennial, 500 Miles.
500 Miles was recorded for Jo Whilley’s Live Lounge and when it was originally aired, earlier this month, lit-up Radio One’s switchboard with requests to have the song released. Also featured as a B,side is another song in the bands continuing series of obituaries. This time it’s famous Guardian photographer Don McPhee, Our Velocity included Robert Altman and Mary O’Brien as bonus tracks.
Of the obituaries, singer Paul Smith says “I wrote the lyrics for a song about Mary O’Brien, Dusty Springfield’s real name, after reading her obituary. I discovered I was interested in reading obituaries as they can be such a great celebration of a persons life, also it became a way for me to write about other people.” Guitarist Duncan Lloyd adds ” I had some folk inspired music that Paul put his lyrics to and we recorded them at home so as to make them as simple as possible and expose the most natural aspect of what we do. These obituary songs are probably the most thoughtful set of songs we have written to date.”
Having just returned from a triumphant, sold-out, European tour, the band are currently on a tour in the Uk. The remaining headlines dates and festival appearances during the summer are:
Tue 1st Southampton Guildhall
Wed 2nd Norwich UEA
Thu 3rd Birmingham Carling Academy
Sat 5th Glasgow Barrowlands
Sun 6th Aberdeen Music Hall
Mon 7th Sunderland Manor Quay
Tue 8th Newcastle Northumbria Uni Stage 1
Thu 10th London Astoria
Fr 11th London Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat 12th London Forum
Mon 28th Newcastle Evolution Festival FREE
Sat 7th Ireland Oxegen Festival
Sun 8th Scotland T In The Park
24th Reading Festival
25th Leeds Festival
Maximo Park will also be playing the following festivals in Europe & Japan:
1st June Primavera – Barcelona
2nd June Rock Im Park – Nuremberg
3rd June Rock Am Ring – Adenau
4th July Super Bock Super Rock – Lisbon
11th August Summer Sonic – Tokyo
12th August Summer Sonic – Osaka.
Already certified Gold in the UK Our Earthly Pleasures was produced by Gil Norton (Pixies / Foo Fighters) and recorded at RAK studios in St Johns Wood during September and October 2006.