Maxïmo Park share ‘I Don’t Know What I’m Doing’

Maximo Park press photo
Photo credit: Em Cole

Maxïmo Park have shared new song I Don’t Know What I’m Doing, lifted from upcoming new album ‘Nature Always Wins’. Hear I Don’t Know What I’m Doing on streaming services here. You can also check out the video via YouTube, which arrives on the heels of current single Baby, Sleep, which found immediate praise as it jumped onto the BBC 6 Music A-List. Check out the video clip below.

They have also announced news of an extensive run of album launch shows. The run of album launch shows will kick off in February, in conjunction with some of the country’s best-loved record stores. Tickets will be on sale from December 1st here. Full dates below.

Maxïmo Park - Launch shows poster

Fri 26 Feb – Kingston – Pryzm – with Banquet (socially distanced) 
Sat 27 Feb – Newcastle – Tyne Theatre (socially distanced)
Tue 24 Aug – Dundee – Fat Sam’s – with Assai Records
Wed 25 Aug – Edinburgh – The Liquid Room – with Assai Records
Sat 28 Aug – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club – with Crash Records
Sun 29 Aug – Preston – Blitz – with Action Records
Mon 30 Aug – Liverpool – The Arts Club – with Jacaranda Records
Wed 01 Sept – Coventry – The Empire – with HMV
Thur 02 Sept – Oxford – O2 Academy2 Oxford – with Truck Store
Fri 3rd Sept – The Brook –  Southampton – with Vinilo
Sun 05 Sept – Bexhill – De Lar Warr Pavilion – with Music’s Not Dead
Mon 06 Sept – Norwich – The Waterfront – with HMV

‘Nature Always Wins’ as an album focusses in on the Nature Vs Nurture debate and asks the question, “who are we, who do we want to be, and do we have any control over that?”. Tracks released from the record so far – Child of The Flatlands and Baby, Sleep – each looked in their own way at how surroundings can act as a primer for identity, and how circumstance can contort your perception of the world.

New track I Don’t Know What I’m Doing is the band at their most direct and agile – arriving in a revved-up and snaking flurry it confronts the fear, anxiety and guilt associated with the cause-and-effect nature of one’s own actions.

Lead singer Paul Smith comments: “It’s about taking responsibility for how your own behaviour can affect other people, and how nobody knows it all, but that doesn’t stop us from trying. More personally, it’s about the fears and self-doubt I’ve experienced as a new parent, which we’ve tried to put across in our new video via the more abstract notion of an endless ladder!”

More about new album ‘Nature Always Wins

‘Nature Always Wins’ arrives as something of an examination, zeroing in on the notion of the self, identity as a band, and that of humanity as a whole. The album’s title nods to the famous Nature vs Nurture debate. Discussing whether change is capable under the influence of time, perspective, environment or if we are destined to be bound by our own genetics, it asks, “who are we, who do we want to be, and do we have any control over it?”.

Refining their approach as a three-piece, writing began last summer with Smith, Lloyd and English seeking a different kind of fourth member – a producer who was also a musician. Fitting the bill came Atlanta-based Grammy-winning producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter) who afforded the band freedom to play and create. What wasn’t anticipated was how that freedom would be soon be stripped, as Lockdown restrictions left the band making the most of technological advances to perform real-time recording sessions across the ocean – themselves in Newcastle and Liverpool, with Allen at the helm in Atlanta.

Maxïmo Park - "Nature Always Wins" album artwork

‘Nature Always Wins’ track listing

1. Partly Of My Making
2. Versions Of You
3. Baby, Sleep
4. Placeholder
5. All Of Me
6. Ardour (featuring Pauline Murray)
7. Meeting Up
8. Why Must A Building Burn
9. I Don’t Know What I’m Doing
10. The Acid Remark
11. Feelings I’m Supposed To Feel
12. Child Of The Flatlands

Pre-order ‘Nature Always Wins’ here.