Maximo Park singer Paul Smith says their new album is a more dancey affair
Maximo Park's football fan frontman Paul Smith has admitted that the chances of north east football teams Middlesbrough and Newcastle avoiding relegation are "not looking good."
The rival sides are both in the Premier League's relegation zone with five games of the season remaining.
The Billingham born star said: "Sneakily I'm hoping that Middlesbrough manage to stay above Newcastle and get out of trouble - but its not looking good for either club.
"Its not looking good for the Geordies and its not looking good for the Smoggies."
Speaking to Newsbeat on non-sporting matters Smith also explained the meaning behind his band's new single The Kids Are Sick Again - released on 4 May.
"The Kids Are Sick Again is a straight forward title - its that kind of disillusionment that people feel when they're young and they feel like life's a bit boring.
"It stemmed out of nostalgia really, I find nostalgia a bit of an annoying thing because I want to live in the present and yet there are always these memories.
"One of the things I remembered was the summer holidays being this wide open expanse but then after a week or so thinking 'I'm bored' - I didn't know what life was going to hold in store."
The track precedes the release of third album Quicken The Heart available from 11 May.
Maximo Park play this year's Radio 1 Big Weekend on Sunday 10 May.