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Preview Wed Sep 12 2012
A Certain Trigger was a bolt of lightning in 2005. Maximo Park's debut album found a lovely meeting place for angular rock, melodic punk and heartwrenching lyrics. A Mercury Music Prize nomination validated its freshness. In the years since, these Geordies have continued to churn out similar high energy tunes, especially on 2007's Our Earthly Pleasures. Now they're back with The National Health that comes across as a dig at the current economic situation. That doesn't mean they've ditched their penchant for songs about confusing love interests or lovelorn tales, though. There are plenty of those, like the single "Hips and Lips." Singer Paul Smith's been described by his bandmates as a "lunatic jumping around in a suit" when they play, which should give you some indication of what they're like live.
Maximo Park headlines on Monday, the 17th. The Neighbourhood and Bloomington's Stagnant Pools open. The show's 18+, $15 in advance, $18 at the door and starts at 8PM. Lincoln Hall's at 2424 N Lincoln.