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MP3 of the Day #780: Los Campesinos!

 
By on Tuesday, 10th September 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Cardiff band Los Campesinos! have on the horizon a new album called ‘NO BLUES’ that will be released in October via Heart Swells / Turnstile / Wichita Recordings. Being the swell folks they are, they’re giving away album track ‘What Death Leaves Behind’; listen to and download it from the Soundcloud widget below.

They’ve also announced a short UK tour for December, which will be their only live dates in 2013. The dates are listed under the widget.

Thursday 5th December 2013 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Friday 6th December 2013 – Leeds Cockpit
Sunday 8th December 2013 – Manchester Gorilla
Monday 9th December 2013 – London Heaven

 

MP3 of the Day #555: Los Campesinos!

 
By on Thursday, 7th June 2012 at 10:00 am
 

As a follow-up to the fan beloved album ‘Hello Sadness’ released last year on Wichita, Los Campesinos! are giving away the track ‘Tiptoe Through the True Bits’ (an obvious play on words on Tiny Tim’s ukulele cult hit) on their Web site. Use this link to get it. The band have also handily provided the lyrics here.

 

Video of the Moment #751: Los Campesinos!

 
By on Saturday, 31st March 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Los Campesinos!‘s latest single, ‘Songs About Your Girlfriend’, was released on the 19th of March and here’s the accompanying music video. It’s a humourous look at strip bars but still, it’s borderline NSFW or the kids. Watch it below.

The Welsh band is finishing up a tour in the UK tonight, playing Sheffield Leadmill.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPz00pX0kMU[/youtube]

 

Los Campesinos! / March 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 18th January 2012 at 9:30 am
 

Welsh band Los Campesinos! have announced a UK tour for this March. Tickets are on general sale now.

Tuesday 20th March 2012 – Exeter Phoenix
Wednesday 21st March 2012 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 22nd March 2012 – London Electric Ballroom
Friday 23rd March 2012 – Oxford Academy
Saturday 24th March 2012 – Birmingham Rainbow
Monday 26th March 2012 – Manchester Academy 3
Tuesday 27th March 2012 – Liverpool O2 Academy 2
Wednesday 28th March 2012 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Thursday 29th March 2012 – Newcastle Academy 2
Friday 30th March 2012 – Norwich Waterfront
Saturday 31th March 2012 – Sheffield Leadmill

 

Live Review: Los Campesinos! at Leeds Cockpit – 11th November 2011

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd November 2011 at 4:00 pm
 

The last time Los Campesinos! did such an extensive tour of the United Kingdom to the point of playing Leeds, they were in this very room. ‘The big room’ at the Cockpit last time hosted a band diagnosed with swine flu but determined to play out their tour in full. It’s that kind of resilience that’s led LC! to sell out Shepherds Bush Empire and gain a dedicated following worldwide and even if they’ve not grown out of the venue, they’ve grown a lot as a group.

Promoting their fourth full record ‘Hello Sadness’ with a few members not present at the last showing, Los Camp! build straight into opening track ‘By Your Hand’. It’s greeted with the kind of enthusiasm that you can only find at an LC! show, it’s a quick succession of ‘indie hits’ mixed in with seven new tracks. It’s bold from the band, but when you’ve got such tracks as ‘We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed’ in the middle of your set and album track ‘Miserabilia’ gets a raucous reaction from those present, throwing in two thirds of your yet-to-be properly released record isn’t as much of an off-putting idea as you might think. Earlier in the year, it was clear that the band needed to be playing new material as some tracks from ‘WAB WAD’ and ‘Hold On Now, Youngster!’ were starting to sound routine. Now they’re revitalised amongst fresh highlights such as ‘Songs About Your Girlfriend’ and title track ‘Hello Sadness’.
Los Campesinos! by BradenFThe lyrics are as intelligent as front-man Gareth Campesinos! has ever been and whilst HS may not be the catchiest indie-pop record, it’s endearing as a series of songs that come alive when sung by hundreds in a room literally dripping with sweat.

Not over participating in conversation, yet at the same time in no way ignoring the adoration from the congregation, Gareth Campesinos! and company seem genuinely happy to have such positive responses from what’s an ambitiously mellow album and last track ‘Baby I’ve Got The Death Rattle’ becomes an instant hit with the Yorkshire crowd as it builds. Lyrics “you are an angel and that’s why you pray and I am an ass and that’s why I pray” are almost as powerful as ‘Romance is Boring”s now iconic “you could never kiss a Tory boy without wanting to cut off your tongue again” from ‘The Sea Is…’ (which also features).

The encore is ‘We Are Beautiful’ album track ‘Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1’, a strange choice and yet still fan favourite (“do you suck your mother’s dick with that mouth”, an edited lyric for the occasion) is followed by normal set closer ‘Sweet Dreams Sweet Cheeks’ and all becomes pandemonium. It’s been an energetic show anyway, but it seems that the crowd-surfers and maniac jumpers have been holding back until this point. And just like that, it’s over. Los Campesinos! have once again proven that they can be a whirlwind live act and restamped themselves as an act to be taken seriously with a serious dosage of both angst and fun. Goodbye courage…

 

Video of the Moment #635: Los Campesinos!

 
By on Thursday, 17th November 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Los Campesinos!‘s new video for ‘Hello Sadness’ (the title track from their latest album released this past Monday on Wichita Recordings) doesn’t make a whole lot of sense but maintains the Cardiff band’s quirkiness. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V5SiMKkZrs[/youtube]

 
 
 

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