Paul Smith's new album Margins will debut in Uncle Alberts
Maximo Park's Paul Smith, who was born in Billingham, is returning to the area to launch his first solo album.
It will be launched at a gig, on Monday 11 October, at Uncle Alberts in Middlesbrough, and will kick off his solo UK tour.
He says he hopes he inspires Teesside bands: "I'd never sung until I was 22, I have no discernable talent, I've got through on instinct.
"I want to be different. I want to be in my time's Roxy Music."
BBC Tees' Natalie Boxall spoke to Paul Smith and asked him what's it like to be playing back in Teesside?
"It's sometimes weird to play back home, at times it exceeds your expectations, and sometimes it's like a normal gig and you want more.
"I'm almost second guessing how things might go... there's one per cent of me thinking 'I'm playing to where I come from' - it's almost psychological, you think about how you grew up and the people you grew up with.
"I'm hoping Uncles Alberts will be one of the good ones, one of the ones where it just feels really natural.
"I had a couple of offers to play in Middlesbrough, but I wanted to keep the ticket price down, and it's in line with the other gigs I'm playing.
"I see the place every time I get off the train, when I'm going to mima or the Riverside, and I've always thought it would be nice to play round here one day, and sure enough, that venue came up, and I said let's do it!"
But he's not worried about how people will treat him when he comes back:
"To me, not much has changed. Obviously my situation has, but not my demeanour, or my personal habits. I still go to the same sort of pubs and keep myself to myself.
"Whereas I think if you went around acting like a star, you'd probably get smacked in the Boro!
"People do treat you differently until they realise that you're exactly the same, funnily enough, with my solo stuff people will see what I'm like normally."