Perhaps the spunkiest amongst the spiky spate of post-punky Brit-rockers that emerged around the middle of the last decade (along with their Tyneside compatriots The Futureheads), Maxïmo Park are typically at their best when delivering their precision prickle-pop with a certain degree of speed and intensity — not for nothing were their greatest early singles titled “Apply Some Pressure” and “Our Velocity” — always paired with their mannered, slightly schoolboyish (and very English) punctiliousness. (Stiff Little Fingers meets stiff upper lip, perhaps?) Or maybe that’s just Paul Smith’s (adorable) Geordie accent. After a lackluster third album and a few years off, they seem to have found the itch again: The National Health (V2) finds the boys in fine fettle, storming back into gear on the rip-roaring, politically-inflected title cut and somehow still sounding fastidiously polite even when imparting an ostensibly brusque brush-off: “You better write this down/ I’m gonna leave without a sound.”
Wed., Sept. 12, 8 p.m., $18-$20, with Zambri and Stagnant Pools, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.