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