Maximo Park's Paul Smith says noughties indie nostalgia isn't warranted

The frontman spoke out about revivalism at The Libertines' Hyde Park show

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Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith has said nostalgia for the mid-noughties indie scene isn't warranted.

Speaking to NME at The Libertines' Hyde Park gig this weekend (July 5), the singer described some of the bands from the time the Newcastle group were starting out as "cholesterol in the veins of music".

When asked if nostalgia surrounding the bands that emerged in the early to mid noughties was warranted, Smith replied: "Not really... I think it's a pretty general thing to say but there's good music and bad music from all eras. I think the reason for some of the revivalism of an era is because a lot of money was thrown at some fairly average bands. Then you end up with a glut that you want to destroy, like cholesterol in the veins of music."

Talking about the harmful effect he believes looking back has on new bands, Smith continued: "When I see bands that are clearly aping somebody else, I don't understand it. I can understand if you just want to play in a garage and pretend to be the Rolling Stones or Oasis. I don't understand why you would write supposedly original songs that are so enthralled to the past.

"You've got to do something that is new and fresh. Looking back and drawing from different bands in the past is natural and that's what we've done, but you need to have a mindset where you want to take it somewhere else and forge your own path."

Maximo Park performed on the main stage at the event, which also featured the likes of The View, The Twang, Reverend And The Makers and Graham Coxon. They released their fifth album 'Too Much Information' in February of this year and are set to play a handful of festivals this summer.

Maximo Park will play:

Manchester, Castlefield Bowl (July 10)
Kinross, T In The Park (11)
Hertfordshire, Standon Calling (August 3)
Sunderland, Split Festival (10)


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