MAXIMO PARK have today unveiled the hard-hitting alternative video for their current single “Risk To Exist”. They have announced that all band income from the sale of the song will go to MOAS, a Malta-based foundation helping migrants and refugees in peril at sea.
MOAS is a charity dedicated to preventing the loss of life by providing professional search-and-rescue services along the world’s deadliest migration route – the sea. They were the first NGO to set sail into the Central Mediterranean with the aim to rescue migrants and refugees who were making the perilous journey from Libya to Italy. Since then, MOAS has grown into an international organization able to react and shift its operations wherever they are most needed. Maxïmo Park are donating all band income from single sales of “Risk To Exist” to the charity.
Maximo Park’s forthcoming album Risk To Exist is a collection of irresistible pop songs about anger, hope, resistance and, above all, empathy, and the connection with the causes supported by MOAS is one that runs deep. The angular title track “Risk To Exist” was initially written by the band in response to the Foreign Office’s shocking decision in 2014 to stop supporting search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean because, it claimed, saving lives encouraged illegal immigration. After learning about MOAS’ work later that same year, the seeds were sown for a song that perfectly encapsulates the band’s sonically ambitious, socially conscious pop.
Maximo Park’s Paul Smith says: ‘After reading a newspaper article about the amazing work that MOAS do, we felt the song’s issues aligned perfectly with the organisation’s founding ideal – that to do nothing when people are in danger is immoral. The song is all about the fragility of life and nowhere is that more visible than in the footage of the rescues undertaken by MOAS, where flimsy dinghies are overloaded with desperate people, literally clinging on to life. Even though the song was borne from self-expression and a more generally empathetic position, it became, to my mind, a rallying call and we felt that any profit from its sale should go to helping this cause.’
MOAS Co-founder & Director Regina Catrambone says: “We are so grateful to Maximo Park for the initiative they have taken in supporting our organisation. MOAS was borne out of the idea that every individual can use their own talent, strengths and capabilities to make a difference, and that’s exactly what Maximo Park are doing. We hope this song resonates with people, fosters empathy and inspires others to action.”
“Risk To Exist” can be seen on https://www.moas.eu/maximopark/ and is also available for purchase on iTunes. Maxïmo Park are donating all band income from single sales of “Risk To Exist” to the charity.
Maximo Park are Paul Smith (vocals), Duncan Lloyd (guitar), Lukas Wooller (keyboards) and Tom English (drums). The single is taken from the album of the same name, Risk To Exist which is released on Daylighting / Cooking Vinyl on April 21, 2017.
For more information about MOAS please visit www.moas.eu