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Since Maximo Park formed in 2000 they've watched scenes come and go, from the 'new rock revolution' to 'nu rave' and beyond.
Yet these Warp Records-signed art-rockers are still fuelled by the kind of karate kicking energy that they started with - and still blurring the lines between poetic lyricism, rocket-boosted riffs and sci-fi electro.
In the wake of the release of fifth record Too Much Information, MusicRadar caught up with frontman Paul Smith to discuss building their own studio, Alex Turner's ‘rock and roll will never die' speech, and how new bands can succeed in today's music industry...
Maximo Park have always had electronic elements, yet they seem to have come to the fore with new songs. Has the songwriting process changed?
“The process it's pretty similar really. One of the ways that we end up with final songs is somebody sending something to me by email - it used to be Duncan [guitarist] giving me a CD he’d burnt. Whoever had a song would pass it along and I would try and come up with a melody and get the right lyrics.
“I suppose in the past, one of the hallmarks of our sound was to have everything going at once. We are quite a maximalist band in that sense.We like the tussle between different elements in the sound to be something that allows them to have repeat listens, where they find new and different parts in there.
“But you're always trying to change the way you do things in order to keep things fresh for yourself and the listeners, so it made sense for us to do something a little bit different on this record. As you suggest, the electronic elements have always been there, so I suppose it's a question of exposing some of them. It's been more of a radical shift because we've taken a few things out rather than leaving everything in.”