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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
Los Campesinos!

Top Songs by
Los Campesinos!

  1.   Song
  2.   You! Me! Dancing!
  3.   It Started with a Mixx
  4.   Death to Los Campesinos!
  5.   By Your Hand
  6.   5 Flucloxacillin
  7.   We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
  8.   Romance Is Boring
  9.   Hello Sadness
  10.   There Are Listed Buildings
  11.   The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future
  12.   My Year in Lists
  13.   The Fall of Home
  14.   For Whom the Belly Tolls
  15.   Don't Tell Me to Do the Math(s)
  16.   The International Tweexcore Underground
  17.   Songs About Your Girlfriend
  18.   Straight in at 101
  19.   Plan A
  20.   Let It Spill
  21.   We've Got Your Back
  22.   A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; Or, Letters from Me to Charlotte
  23.   Here's to the Fourth Time!
  24.   To Tundra
  25.   Hate for the Island
  26.   Got Stendhal's
  27.   We Are All Accelerated Readers
  28.   As Lucerne/the Low
  29.   Frontwards
  30.   Heart Swells/100-1
  31.   Baby I Got the Death Rattle
  32.   A Litany/Heart Swells
  33.   Every Defeat a Divorce (Three Lions)
  34.   La Bamba
  35.   Light Leaves, Dark Sees, Pt. 2
  36.   Who Fell Asleep In
  37.   All Your Kayfabe Friends
  38.   La Cucaracha
  39.   Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks
  40.   ...And We Exhale and Roll Our Eyes in Unison
  41.   It'S Never That Easy Though, is It? (Song For the Other Kurt)
  42.   A Slow, Slow Death
  43.   Renato Dall'Ara
  44.   Glue Me
  45.   For Flotsam
  46.   Letters From Me to Charlotte (RSVP)
  47.   Selling Rope (Swan Dive To Estuary)
  48.   In Medias Res
  49.   Clunk-Rewind-Clunk-Play-Clunk
  50.   The End Of The Asterisk
  51.   Drop It Doe Eyes
  52.   Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State
  53.   Lola
  54.   Allez Les Blues
  55.   Sad Suppers
  56.   C Is the Heavenly Option
  57.   We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
  58.   What Death Leaves Behind
  59.   Miserabilia
  60.   Police Story
  61.   I Warned You: Do Not Make an Enemy of Me
  62.   The Black Bird, the Dark Slope
  63.   Avocado, Baby
  64.   You'll Need Those Fingers for Crossing
  65.   This Is How You Spell "Hahaha, We Destroyed the Hopes and Dreams of a G
  66.   Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time
  67.   A Portrait of the Trequartista As a Young Man
  68.   Straight in at 101/ It's Never Enough
  69.   Hung Empty
  70.   Mulher Rendeira
  71.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  72.   I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed. Just so You Know
  73.   Between An Erupting Earth And An Exploding Sky
  74.   Sergio el Bailador
  75.   I Broke Up in Amarante
  76.   Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats
  77.   200-102
  78.   Life Is a Long Time
  79.   Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown # 1
  80.   The Time Before the Last Time
  81.   Knee Deep at ATP
  82.   Little Mouth
  83.   Mi Cafetal
  84.   This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind
  85.   Ways To Make It Through The Wall
  86.   Cemetery Gaits
  87.   Adelita
  88.   La Golondrina