Great pop melodies with a socialist middle finger to the man
Cai Trefor
15:22 6th March 2017

Maximo Park have unleashed 'What Did We Do To Deserve This?', which is the opening track from their forthcoming new album, Risk To Exist.

It seems to reflect one side of what Paul Smith said the album talks about: "[Some songs] are fuelled by anger at the elitist, established order of British society, he said in a press release. "There’s a questioning of power throughout and a feeling that there must be a different way of structuring our society in order to alleviate inequality."

In this richly produced swaggering pop hit, the words: "What did we do to deserve this? / You're doing everything in your power to preserve this / Let's all pretend to tell the truth," certainly reflect that.

The new album also seems to align to what Paul Smith set out to do with the album musically. Of the compositions on the album, he said: "[They] reflect more soulful and groove-based influences, allowing more space in the arrangements than ever before. The central idea is to align great pop melodies with songs that reflect the state of the nation.”

Maximo Park will hit the road once again in May, in support of Risk To Exist. The band will play the below dates. Check here for tickets.

5 Birmingham O2 Institute 1
6 Newcastle O2 Academy
8 Aberdeen Lemon Tree
9 Glasgow O2 ABC
10 Sheffield Leadmill
12 London Royal Festival Hall
13 Bexhill De La Warr Pavillion
15 Cambridge Junction
16 Cardiff Tramshed
17 Falmouth Princess Pavillion
19 Manchester Albert Hall

The full tracklist for Risk To Exist is as follows:

1. What Did We Do To You To Deserve This?
2. Get High (No, I Don’t)
3. What Equals Love?
4. Risk to Exist
5. I’ll Be Around
6. Work And Then Wait
7. The Hero
8. The Reason I Am Here
9. Make What You Can
10. Respond To The Feeling
11. Alchemy

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