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

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