Maximo Park today unveil the latest single from their forthcoming album ‘Risk To Exist’ (out April 21st). The rampaging ‘Get High (No I Don’t)’ is another barbed, yet danceable, salvo from ‘Risk To Exist’ and deals with how the likes of Nigel Farage hammer poisonous ideas into the heart of mainstream politics. It’s a perfect encapsulation of ‘Risk to Exist’, combining keen intelligence, emotional conviction and visceral energy. The song is unveiled with an equally kinetic video, directed by James & James and featuring a breathtaking performance from dancer / choreographer Robby Graham. The video, shot in a stripped back Dogma style, tells the story of Graham’s protagonist gradually unravelling as he goes through his draining daily routine, before spectacularly imploding in a violent finale.
Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith says: “The song is about resistance in the face of repetition and coercion. The video reflects that theme and the frantic groove of the music as the dancing protagonist reaches breaking point.”
Video Directors James & James jamesandjames.co say: “It took about thirty minutes from hearing Get High (No I Don’t) to having worked up the simple creative of a person rebelling against the strictures of society – all choreographed – starting off on point, with and on the beat of normality, and then, increasingly, getting out of sync / control – finishing with him tearing the set down. The creative didn’t change at all after that.”
‘Get High (No I Don’t)’ is taken from Maximo Park’s forthcoming album ‘Risk To Exist’, a collection of irresistible pop songs about anger, hope, resistance and, above all, empathy. The album marks a musical progression for the band, with the addition of a horn section and new bassist Paul Rafferty from Hot Club de Paris. “We’ve mutated in a subtle way,” say Smith. “It felt like the right time to allow a bit more space in the arrangements. A lot of our songs are crammed with ideas but with each record you break your own rules. People like Prince and Stevie Wonder are influences on the record in a roundabout way. We wanted the tunes to match the immediacy of the lyrics.”
The album is co-produced by Tom Schick (Wilco, Beck, White Denim) and Maximo Park and was recorded at Wilco’s studio, The Loft in Chicago, in Autumn 2016.. Maximo Park have also enlisted Mimi Parker from acclaimed US band Low for the record, whose voice lends its inimitable warmth to five album tracks, including previous single ‘Risk To Exist’.
With 1,500,000 albums and four UK Top 10 albums under their belt to date, Maximo Park have once again shifted seamlessly into a higher gear. They have expertly crafted an infectious pop album for our time, confronting the crucial issues track by track, one monstrous hook at a time.
Maximo Park are Paul Smith (vocals), Duncan Lloyd (guitar), Lukas Wooller (keyboards) and Tom English (drums).
The single is taken from the album of the same name, ‘Risk To Exist’ which is released on Daylighting / Cooking Vinyl on April 21st.
Watch the video for Get High here: