(born 13 March 1979, Billingham
) is the singer
for the British indie rock group
, Maxïmo Park
Smith is the eldest of three children, and was educated at Northfield School
. He briefly worked as an art teacher at Stockton Riverside College
before he was asked to join the band. He attended Newcastle University
completing a BA and MA.
Before Smith was recruited to Maxïmo Park they were a four-piece band on the verge of splitting up. Bassist Archis Tiku
was originally the lead singer along with Duncan Lloyd
, but revealed to the band that he and Lloyd had no intention of being frontmen. Smith was discovered by the then-girlfriend of drummer Tom English
in a pub while he was singing along to Stevie Wonder's "Superstition". After a few practices, Smith began to write songs with the group, despite never imagining himself as the frontman
. Smith can also play the guitar and regularly performs with his original band MeandthetwinS with visual artists Rachel Lancaster, Laura Lancaster and Narbi Price.
Smith's on-stage behaviour is noted as being a little odd - particularly his dancing
, pointing and handchops whilst singing. He has been compared to Morrissey
and Jarvis Cocker
. He also had a part on MTV Cribs
in 2006, in which he did not show his home, but a villa in Ibiza
, in which Maxïmo Park were staying.
In 2007 he made a cover
of "Apply Some Pressure
" with Mark Ronson
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