Maxïmo Park frontman Paul Smith returned to his Teesside roots to play an intimate set and meet fans at a record store.
Fans flocked to Sound It Out Records in Stockton yesterday to catch a glimpse of the star, who was promoting his new album Contradictions.
Recorded with his side project The Intimations, it was released last Friday and has been getting rave reviews.
Born in Billingham, Smith attended art college in Hartlepool before moving to Newcastle, where Maxïmo Park were formed.
He describes his latest work as an opportunity to “connect with Teesside and where I’m from a bit more”.
His in-store set consisted of four songs from the album, with an encore of Break Me Down, its lead single and most upbeat track.
He joked that the short set was at the behest of his management, who would worry that playing too many songs would deter people from attending upcoming gigs.
The up-close and personal performance was well-received, and afterwards Smith signed record sleeves, posters and magazine covers, and posed for photos with fans.
The in-store set was a warm-up for his UK tour with The Intimations, which starts on Monday at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton, and includes a date at The Cluny in Newcastle on Friday, September 4, which is likely to sell out.
Maxïmo Park are also touring later this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed debut album A Certain Trigger, performing at Newcastle City Hall on November 19.
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