Maxïmo Park’s Paul Smith returns to his roots with in-store appearance

Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith played a short acoustic set at Sound It Out Records in Stockton to promote the album he's made with his side project, The Intimations. Pic: Katy Blackwood.
Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith played a short acoustic set at Sound It Out Records in Stockton to promote the album he's made with his side project, The Intimations. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

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.

Customers queue outside Sound It Out for the in-store appearance by Paul Smith. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Customers queue outside Sound It Out for the in-store appearance by Paul Smith. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

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.

Paul Smith was happy to sign records, pictures and magazines for fans after his short set. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Paul Smith was happy to sign records, pictures and magazines for fans after his short set. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

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.

Paul Smith's in-store appearance was to promote Contradictions, the album he's just released with his side project, The Intimations. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Paul Smith's in-store appearance was to promote Contradictions, the album he's just released with his side project, The Intimations. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

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Fans will be able to hear Paul Smith's new album when he starts his tour with The Intimations at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton next week. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Fans will be able to hear Paul Smith's new album when he starts his tour with The Intimations at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton next week. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Fans packed the tiny Sound It Out record store in Stockton to see Paul Smith's short solo set. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Fans packed the tiny Sound It Out record store in Stockton to see Paul Smith's short solo set. Pic: Katy Blackwood.