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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. The following years saw little activity from the septet, until they announced their sixth studio effort, Sick Scenes, in 2016. They described the record as "a release of pent-up aggression, a document of both personal and societal malaise," and saw them working with Goodmanson once again. The album was released in early 2017. ~ Kenyon Hopkin
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  1.   Song
  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.   Hello Sadness
  8.   There Are Listed Buildings
  9.   Romance Is Boring
  10.   I Broke Up in Amarante
  11.   My Year in Lists
  12.   The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future
  13.   Songs About Your Girlfriend
  14.   The International Tweexcore Underground
  15.   Don't Tell Me to Do the Math(s)
  16.   Straight in at 101
  17.   Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats
  18.   Glue Me
  19.   In Medias Res
  20.   Kindle a Flame in Her Heart
  21.   Drop It Doe Eyes
  22.   The Holly & The Ivy
  23.   When Christmas Comes
  24.   Avocado, Baby
  25.   Straight In At 101/It's Never Enough
  26.   The Black Bird, the Dark Slope
  27.   Light Leaves, Dark Sees, Pt. 2
  28.   Plan A
  29.   I Warned You: Do Not Make an Enemy of Me
  30.   You'Ll Need Those Fingers For Crossing
  31.   Miserabilia
  32.   Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time
  33.   Knee Deep at ATP
  34.   We Are All Accelerated Readers
  35.   Police Story
  36.   The Trains Don't Run (It's Christmas Day)
  37.   We've Got Your Back
  38.   Every Defeat a Divorce (Three Lions)
  39.   Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1
  40.   A Doe to a Deer
  41.   Selling Rope (Swan Dive To Estuary)
  42.   Life Is a Long Time
  43.   Who Fell Asleep In
  44.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  45.   Baby I Got the Death Rattle
  46.   Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks
  47.   The Time Before the Last Time
  48.   Lonely This Christmas
  49.   We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
  50.   A Portrait of the Trequartista As a Young Man
  51.   Allez Les Blues
  52.   Hate for the Island
  53.   Frontwards
  54.   Ways To Make It Through The Wall
  55.   Between An Erupting Earth And An Exploding Sky
  56.   What Death Leaves Behind
  57.   This Is How You Spell "Hahaha, We Destroyed the Hopes and Dreams of a G
  58.   A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; Or, Letters from Me to Charlotte
  59.   The End Of The Asterisk
  60.   To Tundra
  61.   It'S Never That Easy Though, is It? (Song For the Other Kurt)
  62.   Cemetery Gaits
  63.   Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State
  64.   ...And We Exhale and Roll Our Eyes in Unison
  65.   For Flotsam
  66.   This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind
  67.   C Is the Heavenly Option
  68.   Little Mouth
  69.   Letters From Me To Charlotte (RSVP)
  70.   As Lucerne/the Low
  71.   All Your Kayfabe Friends
  72.   200-102
  73.   I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed. Just so You Know
  74.   Clunk-Rewind-Clunk-Play-Clunk
  75.   Let It Spill
  76.   Heart Swells/100-1
  77.   [Untranslated]
  78.   2007, The Year Punk Broke (My Heart)
  79.   Bonus Material
  80.   In Accordance To Natural Law
  81.   The Eyebright Bugler
  82.   Yr Boyfriend
  83.   Death to the Campesinos!
  84.   You'll Need Those Fingers Crossing