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"We wanted to say something about the way the world is," Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith says. "If you see something and you think somebody needs to stand up for it – whatever issue it might be – then you should. There’s a responsibility as a citizen and as a human.". We're sat in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art on the banks of the River Tyne to discuss his band’s new album Risk To Exist. The gallery is exhibiting Disappearance At Sea, which draws attention to the journey undertaken by migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Its themes are close to Smith – and Risk To Exist ’s – heart, and they reoccur throughout our conversation. The first new song to enter the public... Full story

21 April