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Maxïmo Park gets inspired, readies third album

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    The spirit of Jeff Porcaro is upon us! Well maybe not all of us, but he sure inspired the New Castle five-piece Maxïmo Park for its upcoming third record, Quicken The Heart. Looking for a fresh start following 2007’s commercially successful, yet critically sub par Our Earthly Pleasures, the English rockers picked up Yeah Yeah Yeah’s producer Nick Launey and locked themselves in the residence of deceased Steely Dan drummer. Months later, Maxïmo Park returned with what frontman Paul Smith described as a “new phase” in the band’s career, an 11-track effort dabbling in such topics as “broken hearts, leaving home, and fighting your demons” amidst a “more danceable groove.” Sound like your kind of thing?

    Well, come May 12th, this creative ball of Jeff Porcaro-inspired joy can be yours via Warp Records. Of course, like all things these days, fans can already get a taste of things to come thanks to the early release of Quicken The Heart‘s first track, “Wraithlike” currently available on the band’s MySpace.

    The album will also be packaged in a deluxe edition, which will feature a tour DVD from the band’s 2007 homecoming show at Newcastle Arena. Speaking of shows, Maxïmo Park has a full slate of them ahead. Needless to say, now would be a good time to save up.

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    Quicken the Heart Tracklist:
    01. Wraithlike
    02. The Penultimate Clinch
    03. The Kids Are Sick Again
    04. A Cloud of Mystery
    05. Calm
    06. In Another World (You Would’ve Found Yourself by Now)
    07. Let’s Get Clinical
    08. Roller Disco Dreams
    09. Tanned
    10. Questing, Not Coasting
    11. Overland, West Of Suez
    12. I Haven’t Seen Her in Ages

    Maxïmo Park 2009 Tour Dates:
    03/27 – Zurich, CH @ M4 Festival
    04/01 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix
    04/02 – Den Haag, NL @ Paard van Troje
    04/03 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
    04/06 – Dublin, IE @ The Academy
    04/07 – Belfast, IE @ Mandela Hall
    05/01 – Murcia, ES @ SOS Festival
    05/13 – Newcastle, UK @ Academy
    05/14 – Newcastle, UK @ Academy
    05/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Academy
    05/16 – Liverpool, UK @ University
    05/18 – Southampton, UK @ Guildhall
    05/19 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy
    05/20 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
    05/22 – Leeds, UK @ Academy
    05/23 – Manchester, UK @ University
    05/24 – Norwich, UK @ UEA
    05/26 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
    05/27 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
    05/28 – Bristol, UK @ Academy
    05/29 – Clemont-Ferrand, FR @ Europavox Festival
    05/31 – Saint-Brieuc, FR @ Art Rock Festival
    06/13 – Seaclose Park, UK @ Isle of Wight Festival
    07/10 – Kinross, IE @ T in the Park
    07/19 – Joensuu, FI @ Ilosaarirock Festival
    08/07 – Rothenburg, DE @ Taubertal Festival
    08/08 – Eschwege, DE @ Open Flair Festival
    08/21 – Erfurt, DE @ Highfield Festival

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