Maxïmo Park today announced details of a new album, Nature Always Wins, along with a UK headline tour for 2021.

The North East indie rockers also shared Baby, Sleep, the first single proper from the album, which will be released on 26 February via Prolifica Inc.

It follows last month’s surprise new track Child Of The Flatlands, a majestic, psychedelic slow-burner that cast a lovelorn look toward the meaning of place and its impact on identity.

With the band now reduced to a core three-piece of frontman Paul Smith, guitarist Duncan Lloyd and drummer Tom English, writing began with them seeking a different kind of fourth member – a producer who was also a musician.

Maximo Park. Pic by Em Cole.

That turned out to be Atlanta-based Grammy-winning producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter) who gave the band freedom to play and create.

What they hadn’t anticipated was how that freedom would be soon be stripped, as lockdown restrictions left the band having to use the wonders of modern technology to perform real-time recording sessions across the ocean – themselves in Newcastle and Liverpool, with Allen at the helm in Atlanta.

The title of the album – Maxïmo‘s seventh studio offering – nods to the famous Nature vs Nurture debate.

Smith said: “I’m so happy we were able to make this album during lockdown, as it’s been a challenging time for everyone.

Nature Always Wins is Maximo Park’s seventh studio album.

“After almost four years since Risk To Exist, we wanted to explore new musical territory (for us) without sacrificing our trademark melodic twists and heartfelt lyrics.

“As always, the passing of time looms large, although the songs contain more affection for the past than before, and there are occasional hints of the fractious, divided time that we live in.”

You can pre-order Nature Always Wins HERE, with various special bundles available from the band’s own webstore.

With the band’s only live show of 2020 a sold-out socially-distanced headline show at Newcastle’s Virgin Money Arena, Maxïmo Park are also delighted to announce a headline UK tour for summer 2021, with tickets going on sale on 23 October HERE.

Gary Welford owner