Maximo Park is a Geordie alternative rock band consisting of Paul Smith (vocals), Duncan Lloyd (guitar), Archis Tiku (bass), Lukas Wooller (keyboard) and Tom English (drums).
The band was named after Máximo Gómez Park in Miami, United States, and the band members were friends before they came together to form Maximo Park after moving to London.
They were discovered after they attended several talent showcases and were signed to Warp Records in 2004. Their debut album A Certain Trigger was hugely successful and resulted in them being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005.
The Maximo Park tour Our Earthly Pleasures was a sell-out, and reflected the band’s quick rise to fame. Maximo Park’s next album Quicken The Heart was released in May 2009 and contained the single "The Kids Are Sick Again”.
By the time that Maximo Park recorded their third album, Smith and guitarist Duncan Lloyd went onto make solo albums, but still remained as part of the band. They also went to make a movie soundtrack for the silent movie The Man Who Laughs.
Talking about The National Health, the band stated that the album was about their reaction to the current global recession and according to Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith also against the “happy, bouncy music”. The album was a move towards an electronic and industrial sound that was influenced by the likes of Depeche Mode.