Maximo Park Plans Brief US Leg on 2012 Tour
British rockers Maximo Park have announced their first U.S. your in five years, which will coincide with the North American release of a new album.
The short tour will kick off September 10 at Middle East Downstairs in Boston, and is scheduled to run through September 21 with an appearance at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Other cities on the itinerary are Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and San Francisco.
The band will make the European festival rounds this summer before coming to America, and will return to Europe for a headlining tour that will begin in October.
The band’s frontman Paul Smith released a statement for the band announcing the tour.
“We’ve been waiting for a few years to make our return to North America and now, with The National Health under our belts, we’re pleased to announce some new dates!” Smith said. “The new album is a crowd-pleasing blockbuster (in our not so humble opinion!) so spread the word and let’s make these shows special. We assure our American friends we’ll make it up to them with a dose of pure, melodic, ROCK!!!”
The band’s fourth album, The National Health, will be released in the States on August 28 to precede the tour. The album was released earlier this year in Europe, and American fans that want to get their hands on the album early can download a digital copy from iTunes now.
Smith spoke to NME about the album back in March.
“We’re in a global recession and everyone is being bombarded with bouncy, happy music,” he said. “The nation is out of control and the record is about taking back control, and being a force of change in your own life. It can’t speak for everybody but it has its eyes and ears all around us… that’s always been a Maximo Park think: look at yourself.”
The new album is the band’s first since 2009’s Quicken the Heart. Though the album cracked the top 10 in the U.K., it failed to chart in America.