Books From Boxes
Maximo Park release a new single, Books From Boxes, taken from their Number Two debuting album Our Earthly Pleasures, through Warp Records on Monday 11th June. Books From Boxes is the follow-up to Maximo Parks Top Ten smash, Our Velocity. As a special treat the bonus songs include a cover version of The Proclaimers, hardy perennial, 500 Miles.
500 Miles was recorded for Jo Whilley's Live Lounge and when it was originally aired, earlier this month, lit-up Radio One's switchboard with requests to have the song released. Also featured as a B,side is another song in the bands continuing series of obituaries. This time it's famous Guardian photographer Don McPhee, Our Velocity included Robert Altman and Mary O'Brien as bonus tracks.
Of the obituaries, singer Paul Smith says 'I wrote the lyrics for a song about Mary O'Brien, Dusty Springfield's real name, after reading her obituary. I discovered I was interested in reading obituaries as they can be such a great celebration of a persons life, also it became a way for me to write about other people." Guitarist Duncan Lloyd adds " I had some folk inspired music that Paul put his lyrics to and we recorded them at home so as to make them as simple as possible and expose the most natural aspect of what we do. These obituary songs are probably the most thoughtful set of songs we have written to date.'
He also slapped a jet-lagged Taylor Hawkins.
The acclaimed performer had just cancelled touring due to a battle with cancer.