It’s been some time since we Maxïmo Last time Park saw it live. At that time singer Paul Smith and keyboarder Lukas Wooller were bursting with energy and bounced and danced across the stage as if playing the last show of their career. Since then, two albums have appeared – one with a strong 80s and dance impact and one that could sometimes even remember the good old days. With the latter, the “Risk To Exist”, which was published in April, we returned to Germany – in fact to the same hall where we could already see the British almost five years ago. That’s why we took the chance to see how Maxïmo Park is doing in 2017.
The audience of the quintette also seemed to have aged. At least that was our first impression as we entered the very slowly filling Live Music Hall in the stagnating district of Cologne Ehrenfeld. Nevertheless, the party was celebrated and danced. The then well-filled hall was allowed to warm up the indie-pop trio Flawes, who presented synth-heavy indie-pop, but who could also shine through one or the other guitar solo and clever drum parts. However, the Cologne audience was not really persuaded to move.
At the latest when Maxïmo Park leader Paul Smith stormed the stage around 9 pm, the muscles of the crowd, and not just those of the musicians, came up the stage and indulged in the danceable indie of the British. For the next 85 minutes, Smith and co proved that they are still as charismatic and danceable as they were a few years ago. It took barely three songs before the front man, wearing a stylish shirt and bowler hat, started the first of his legendary jumps. So you have not gotten old yet! Only keyboarder Wooller seemed to have fallen asleep this time, but at the beginning also had to struggle with technical difficulties. Maybe that had dampened his mood.
Smith, who was noticeably in the foreground of most of the show, was particularly surprised by the one or other humorous saying he used to comment on current events. So it was called, for example, you would play alternative rock. Unfortunately, one must now look for a new name for his music. The term “alternative” after the election on the previous day, yes, a little bad. In any case, the extravagant gentleman is not lacking in humor and charisma.
Maxïmo Park was able to prove in the Live Music Hall that they still have enough energy to handle their songs in the live situation to lend the necessary bang. In addition to the very old classics, drove above all the new songs, equal to seven pieces presented, similar Groves and moods. So you can still do it.
And that’s what it sounds like:
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Maxïmo Park live 2017
28.09. – Backstage Werk, Munich
29.09. – Huxley’s New World, Berlin
30.09. – Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Wiesbaden
01.10. – Jovel Music Hall, Münster
Photo by Jonas Horn.
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