Review: Maximo Park, The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

REVIEW: Solent Male Voice Choir, St Mary’s Church, Hayling Island

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I remember the first Maxïmo Park album I bought and several years on I am now the proud owner of all five.

I’m definitely hooked and what’s not to like with all that indie-induced angst?

They promise to make up for the delay caused by a flooded Pyramids Centre and then having to reschedule that new date due to vocalist Paul Smith’s dodgy eye.

They were quickly forgiven and warmly welcomed after the new talent Teleman had been on in support.

The band graced the stage with a very dapper looking Smith.

Always impeccably turned out, he enticed us with that charismatic charm.

The band delivered a healthy and substantial chunk from the back catalogue (no complaints there), only a crowd in chorus for more.

No sooner had Our Velocity come to a close than we were met with the likes of The National Health and Hips and Lips.

In keeping with the new album, Too Much Information, the set was peppered with newbies such as Brain Cells and Midnight on the Hill.

After a staggering 20-something hits were thrashed out they still returned to encore with gusto for Apply Some Pressure and Going Missing which finished off what is the end of their UK tour. ‘Maxïmo’ effort.