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

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