Maximo Park: ‘Everyone goes through the same emotional turmoil’

Band reveal how local Newcastle landmark inspired them

Maximo Park have spoken about their favourite small venue, Newcastle’s Cumberland Arms, as well as a local landmark which inspired their music.

The Cumberland Arms, a small pub which can be found in the centre of the city, is a popular venue among the many different bands from Newcastle as well as music fans. It is not far away from Grey’s Monument, which inspired a tune on the band’s 2007 album ‘Our Earthly Pleasures’.

In the video interview, which you can see below, Smith goes on to add: “There’s a monument in every city and it’s a place where you meet. Everyone goes through the same emotional turmoil as the people who write the songs and people sing that song back to us all around the world so you can see the audiences understand it.”

Maximo Park and Miles Kane are to play JD Roots shows at their favourite small venues as part of NME’s Best Small Venues campaign.

As well as supporting small gigs all over the country, the competition will see two very special homecoming gigs take place: one at the 300-capacity Cluny in Newcastle on May 2 with local boys Maxïmo Park, and the other with Miles Kane taking to the stage at Liverpool’s Zanzibar on May 15. Ticket details will be announced at soon.

To vote for your favourite small venue head to now. While you’re there you can also watch full interviews with the likes of Kasabian, Peace, Palma Violets, Johnny Marr, Suede, Tribes and Django Django as they talk about the venues that made them.