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Los Campesinos!

Celebrating a bratty, tongue-in-cheek viewpoint and a spunky indie punk style similar to Art Brut, while applying an assortment of instruments akin to Architecture in Helsinki, the seven-piece group Los Campesinos! (a Spanish name that roughly translates to "the Peasants") formed in 2006 in Cardiff, Wales. The lineup took shape around Cardiff University students Aleksandra (keyboard, horn), Ellen (bass), Gareth (glockenspiel), Harriet (violin, keyboard), Neil (guitar), Ollie (drums), and Tom (guitar), all of whom began sharing vocals (as well as the last name of Campesinos!). Los Campesinos! played their first show at a college function in May 2006; by the following August, they had built enough of an audience to secure an opening gig for Broken Social Scene. Later that year, they signed to the U.K.-based label Wichita Recordings, which released the band's first single in early 2007. A North American contract with Arts & Crafts followed several months later, and Los Campesinos! expanded their catalog that summer by issuing recordings on both labels, including a second single from Wichita and an EP from Arts & Crafts titled Sticking Fingers Into Sockets. The full-length Hold on Now, Youngster... followed in early 2008. After a long tour that took up much of the year (and included a stop in Seattle to record new songs), Los Campesinos! issued their second album, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, in November. Another round of touring followed, including the band's first performance in South America. By early 2009, though, Los Campesinos! had decamped to Connecticut to record another album, Romance Is Boring, which arrived in early 2010. During the recording of the album, Aleksandra left the band to be replaced later in the year by Gareth's sister Kim. At this time, Rob was added to Los Campesinos! as well, adding extra instruments to their live show. The lineup merry-go-round spun again in June of 2010 when drummer Ollie was asked to leave, and the band's merch guy Jason took over. At this time, an EP titled All's Well That Ends, featuring new versions of songs from Romance Is Boring, was released. The revamped band headed to Spain to record its fourth album, again using producer John Goodmanson. Hello Sadness was released in November of 2011. Just one month before it came out, violinist Harriet announced she was leaving the band to resume her studies. Bassist Ellen was the next to split; she left in late 2012 to pursue other avenues. The remaining members of the group went back to work with Goodmanson on their next record. Their fifth record, No Blues, was released by Wichita and Turnstile in late 2013. After lying low for most of 2014, the group returned just in time for the holidays with their EP A Los Campesinos! Christmas. New bassist Matt was added to the lineup as the band returned to the studio with Goodmanson to start work on their sixth record in 2016. Sick Scenes, which recaptured some of the energy and aggression of the group's early years, was released in early 2017 by their longtime label Wichita. ~ Kenyon Hopkin
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Albums by
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  1.   Song
  2.   It Started with a Mixx
  3.   You! Me! Dancing!
  4.   Death to Los Campesinos!
  5.   By Your Hand
  6.   We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
  7.   5 Flucloxacillin
  8.   Hello Sadness
  9.   There Are Listed Buildings
  10.   Romance Is Boring
  11.   For Whom the Belly Tolls
  12.   My Year in Lists
  13.   The Fall of Home
  14.   The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future
  15.   Don't Tell Me to Do the Math(s)
  16.   Songs About Your Girlfriend
  17.   The International Tweexcore Underground
  18.   Straight in at 101
  19.   Drop It Doe Eyes
  20.   This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind
  21.   Every Defeat a Divorce (Three Lions)
  22.   Light Leaves, Dark Sees, Pt. 2
  23.   Adelita
  24.   A Slow, Slow Death
  25.   Heart Swells/100-1
  26.   We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
  27.   The Time Before the Last Time
  28.   Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1
  29.   C Is the Heavenly Option
  30.   Allez Les Blues
  31.   Miserabilia
  32.   Lola
  33.   I Broke Up in Amarante
  34.   Avocado, Baby
  35.   To Tundra
  36.   We've Got Your Back
  37.   Plan A
  38.   200-102
  39.   Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats
  40.   Clunk-Rewind-Clunk-Play-Clunk
  41.   La Cucaracha
  42.   What Death Leaves Behind
  43.   This Is How You Spell "Hahaha, We Destroyed the Hopes and Dreams of a G
  44.   Got Stendhal's
  45.   Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks
  46.   Mulher Rendeira
  47.   As Lucerne/the Low
  48.   Sergio el Bailador
  49.   Let It Spill
  50.   Here's to the Fourth Time!
  51.   I Warned You: Do Not Make an Enemy of Me
  52.   It'S Never That Easy Though, is It? (Song For the Other Kurt)
  53.   Renato Dall'Ara (2008)
  54.   Selling Rope (Swan Dive To Estuary)
  55.   You'Ll Need Those Fingers For Crossing
  56.   The End Of The Asterisk
  57.   Who Fell Asleep In
  58.   Baby I Got the Death Rattle
  59.   The Black Bird, the Dark Slope
  60.   Little Mouth
  61.   A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; Or, Letters from Me to Charlotte
  62.   A Portrait of the Trequartista As a Young Man
  63.   I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed. Just so You Know
  64.   Hate for the Island
  65.   Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time
  66.   Cemetery Gaits
  67.   We Are All Accelerated Readers
  68.   In Medias Res
  69.   For Flotsam
  70.   Sad Suppers
  71.   Glue Me
  72.   Straight In At 101/ It's Never Enough
  73.   Hung Empty
  74.   La Golondrina
  75.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  76.   Life Is a Long Time
  77.   Ways To Make It Through The Wall
  78.   ...And We Exhale and Roll Our Eyes in Unison
  79.   All Your Kayfabe Friends
  80.   Knee Deep at ATP
  81.   Between An Erupting Earth And An Exploding Sky
  82.   Mi Cafetal
  83.   Letters From Me To Charlotte (RSVP)
  84.   Police Story
  85.   Frontwards
  86.   Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State
  87.   A Litany/Heart Swells
  88.   La Bamba