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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 laying low for most of 2014, the group returned just in time for the holidays with their EP, A Los Campesinos! Christmas. ~ Kenyon Hopkin
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  1.   Song
  2.   You! Me! Dancing!
  3.   By Your Hand
  4.   It Started with a Mixx
  5.   Death to Los Campesinos!
  6.   Hello Sadness
  7.   There Are Listed Buildings
  8.   Romance Is Boring
  9.   We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
  10.   The International Tweexcore Underground
  11.   Songs About Your Girlfriend
  12.   Don't Tell Me to Do the Math(s)
  13.   Straight in at 101
  14.   In Medias Res
  15.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  16.   Police Story
  17.   A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; Or, Letters from Me to Charlotte
  18.   To Tundra
  19.   We've Got Your Back
  20.   Hate for the Island
  21.   Frontwards
  22.   I Warned You: Do Not Make an Enemy of Me
  23.   Between An Erupting Earth And An Exploding Sky
  24.   Knee Deep at ATP
  25.   You'Ll Need Those Fingers For Crossing
  26.   The End Of The Asterisk
  27.   Heart Swells/100-1
  28.   Let It Spill
  29.   This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind
  30.   Little Mouth
  31.   The Black Bird, the Dark Slope
  32.   ...And We Exhale and Roll Our Eyes in Unison
  33.   Kindle a Flame in Her Heart
  34.   A Doe to a Deer
  35.   Avocado, Baby
  36.   Straight In At 101/It's Never Enough
  37.   Letters From Me To Charlotte (RSVP)
  38.   Every Defeat a Divorce (Three Lions)
  39.   200-102
  40.   Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time
  41.   Allez Les Blues
  42.   When Christmas Comes
  43.   I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed. Just so You Know
  44.   Plan A
  45.   Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1
  46.   Drop It Doe Eyes
  47.   We Are All Accelerated Readers
  48.   The Trains Don't Run (It's Christmas Day)
  49.   Glue Me
  50.   A Portrait of the Trequartista As a Young Man
  51.   Who Fell Asleep In
  52.   As Lucerne/the Low
  53.   Miserabilia
  54.   My Year in Lists
  55.   Clunk-Rewind-Clunk-Play-Clunk
  56.   The Holly & The Ivy
  57.   This Is How You Spell "Hahaha, We Destroyed the Hopes and Dreams of a G
  58.   The Time Before the Last Time
  59.   For Flotsam
  60.   Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks
  61.   Selling Rope (Swan Dive To Estuary)
  62.   Life Is a Long Time
  63.   Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State
  64.   All Your Kayfabe Friends
  65.   C Is the Heavenly Option
  66.   Baby I Got the Death Rattle
  67.   Cemetery Gaits
  68.   The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future
  69.   It'S Never That Easy Though, is It? (Song For the Other Kurt)
  70.   Light Leaves, Dark Sees, Pt. 2
  71.   We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
  72.   Ways To Make It Through The Wall
  73.   What Death Leaves Behind
  74.   Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats
  75.   Lonely This Christmas
  76.   [Untranslated]
  77.   2007, The Year Punk Broke (My Heart)
  78.   Bonus Material
  79.   In Accordance To Natural Law
  80.   The Eyebright Bugler
  81.   Yr Boyfriend
  82.   Death to the Campesinos!
  83.   You'll Need Those Fingers Crossing
  84.   Tour Documentary

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