Live Review: Maximo Park – The Roundhouse, London 07.10.2022

Michael Hundertmark

The North East Indie Pop band finally made it back to London on their Singular tour to play the Roundhouse for an energetically charged show, showcasing old favourites as well as a new single ‘Great Art’!

Undistinguishable from other British Indie-Rock Maximo Park have come a long way since realising their first album’ A Certain Trigger’ in 2005 with more recent turmoil amongst the band members nearly breaking up as a band as a founding member and keyboardist Lukas Wooller emigrated to Australia!

The band was originally formed in 2000 in Newcastle upon Tyne by guitarist Duncan Lloyd and is named after Maximo Gomez Park in Little Havana, Miami. The Four founding members back in the day played shows around Manchester with Lead singer Paul Smith already jumping around in his trademark suit!

With a few technical glitches at the start of ‘All of Me’ and some nervousness and hesitation from the band, Maximo Park soon gets in the swing of things to an already charged crowd with Paul Smith swinging and bouncing energetically all over the stage!

As always with Maximo Park the draw is Paul’s big emotive voice that elevates every song into an Anthem and tonight’s set is showcased how buoyant and energetic the band are, playing the old favourites ‘Books from Boxes’ to ’Apply Some Pressure’ right through to the more emotional new Song ‘Great Art’! A song described by Paul as a, “romantic look at first moments of a relationship”

Paul Smith left the auditorium with a three song encore, promising there will be back with a new album and a big “thank you cheer” from the appreciated and devoted fan base!

Maximo Park Set List, Roundhouse, London:

All of Me
The Night I lost My Head
Leave This Island
Hips and Lips
Baby, Sleep
The National Health
Karaoke Plays
I Want You to Stay
Question, Not Coasting
Great Art
Get High (No, I Don’t)
Our Velocity
What Equals Love?
The Kids Are Sick Again
Going Missing
Books from Boxes
Versions of You

Apply Some Pressure
The Undercurrents
Girls Who Play Guitars

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