26th April | Rise

Indie-rockers Maximo Park are back with a stonker of a new album Risk To Exist, and to celebrate/fully ensure Bristol-dwellers got their mitts on a copy, vocalist Paul Smith was joined by guitarist Duncan Lloyd to treat fans to an intimate, acoustic in-store session at Rise on Wednesday night.

As well as being on top comedic form, the duo introduced tracks from the new release, including singles ‘Get High (No I Don’t)’ and title track ‘Risk To Exist’ in trademark fashion, Smith’s voice ringing clear and crisp throughout the store. Followed up with ‘What Equals Love?’ and ‘What Did We Do To You To Deserve This?’ as a taster of the band’s eighth album, it’s not hard to pick up on the underlying political themes running throughout.

Already having spoken out about the inspiration behind ‘Risk To Exist’ as being an article about the Foreign Office’s decision to stop MOAS’ refugee search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, what follows is definitely a call to action for listeners to not only be aware of the current political climate we live in, but also just to reach out to those that are in need and care for the wellbeing of your fellow humans. With such a powerful message ringing through, coupled with the raw, stripped-back acoustic delivery, it was hard to leave at the end of the hour slot without a different perspective on the world around us.

Not ones to end the night without throwing in a few golden oldies, the duo mixed up new releases with ‘Nosebleed’, ‘Books From Boxes’ and ‘Going Missing’ to get the crowd toe-tapping along to the lovable Geordie lads who have truly come into their own. Check out ‘Risk To Exist’ below.