Maxïmo Park frontman Paul Smith described the fight against Alice Cooper in the race for number one as “quite strange”

The Newcastle group currently top the UK midweek album charts with Nature Always Wins, their seventh album overall and their first album in almost four years, with the School’s Out star in second place with Detroit Stories

Maxïmo Park – made up of Paul, Duncan Lloyd and Tom English – has Mogwai’s pal Stuart Brathwaite to thank who, having himself reached number one last week, wanted to put pressure (sorry) by launching a campaign on social networks to bring his fellow rockers to the first place

Presenter Greg James added his support as well, taking to Instagram to shout

“This new album came at a time when we all feel totally everywhere,” the radio host said excitedly, adding that he felt “comforted and inspired”

Things have accelerated for Maxïmo Park since – but Paul is doing his best to stay cool

He told Metrocouk: “A lot of my favorite bands or friends who are in bands have never had that kind of recognition that we already have We had a number two album, we had a really great sequel. strong throughout our lifetimes as a band I’m grateful for because I know a lot of people don’t have it


“It means something I’m generally very pragmatic about these things, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t nice to see people respecting what we do”

The Our Velocity frontman said the trio are content to be an independent band entirely off the stage and “keep going,” but this week has given them hope to reach more ears

“Everyone got associated with [the campaign],” said Paul, “including people like Stuart. They jumped on the bandwagon and said, ‘Yeah, that would be great to have two number one indie bands week after week “That would be quite unusual

“I wasn’t expecting it because it’s our seventh album, you know people already have an idea about us in some ways”

Like many of us, the musician has been unable to perform live as the pandemic continues around the world, especially difficult for a visceral leader who thrives on the reaction of a crowd

However, we can be comforted that even rock stars have had to turn to homeschooling, which has been a comfort to Paul as he stays home with his wife and daughter. four years old

“In practical terms, not being able to work for a year and not being sure to work this year has been difficult,” he revealed

“It was difficult, but making nature always wins, having my family around me, teaching my daughter at home, that’s something that if I was on the road, I wouldn’t. could not have done

“I can’t complain I have a roof over my head and I love my family and we all do well even though some days are more difficult than others”

When asked what he thinks about taking – and potentially overthrowing – a rock veteran this week, Paul told us, “ Alice Cooper is obviously a legend and we’re a little bit ahead, and we have young artists around us who are releasing their first records and they are delighted to be on the charts, so it’s kind of weird

‘You just focus on the music you make and when you find yourself in some kind of chart race you’re exposed to heaps of different new dimensions where you think, yeah we’re part of that pop culture , do our thing

He joked, “Everyone knows Alice Cooper for School’s Out, but I wish he had waited for schools to return before we got into this battle!”

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