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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!

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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.   5 Flucloxacillin
  8.   Hello Sadness
  9.   There Are Listed Buildings
  10.   Romance Is Boring
  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.   Songs About Your Girlfriend
  16.   Don't Tell Me to Do the Math(s)
  17.   The International Tweexcore Underground
  18.   Straight in at 101
  19.   Cemetery Gaits
  20.   I Broke Up in Amarante
  21.   A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; Or, Letters from Me to Charlotte
  22.   Life Is a Long Time
  23.   Plan A
  24.   Frontwards
  25.   A Slow, Slow Death
  26.   This Is How You Spell "Hahaha, We Destroyed the Hopes and Dreams of a G
  27.   La Golondrina
  28.   La Bamba
  29.   As Lucerne/the Low
  30.   A Portrait of the Trequartista As a Young Man
  31.   Allez Les Blues
  32.   The Black Bird, the Dark Slope
  33.   I Warned You: Do Not Make an Enemy of Me
  34.   Ways To Make It Through The Wall
  35.   Miserabilia
  36.   We Are All Accelerated Readers
  37.   We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
  38.   Hate for the Island
  39.   Heart Swells/100-1
  40.   Clunk-Rewind-Clunk-Play-Clunk
  41.   Selling Rope (Swan Dive To Estuary)
  42.   200-102
  43.   Knee Deep at ATP
  44.   Avocado, Baby
  45.   It'S Never That Easy Though, is It? (Song For the Other Kurt)
  46.   Drop It Doe Eyes
  47.   Police Story
  48.   C Is the Heavenly Option
  49.   A Litany/Heart Swells
  50.   Glue Me
  51.   Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats
  52.   Little Mouth
  53.   Renato Dall'Ara (2008)
  54.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  55.   Let It Spill
  56.   To Tundra
  57.   La Cucaracha
  58.   Mulher Rendeira
  59.   Here's to the Fourth Time!
  60.   This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind
  61.   Every Defeat a Divorce (Three Lions)
  62.   Sad Suppers
  63.   Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1
  64.   The End Of The Asterisk
  65.   The Time Before the Last Time
  66.   Lola
  67.   ...And We Exhale and Roll Our Eyes in Unison
  68.   Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State
  69.   You'Ll Need Those Fingers For Crossing
  70.   Sergio el Bailador
  71.   I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed. Just so You Know
  72.   In Medias Res
  73.   Straight In At 101/It's Never Enough
  74.   All Your Kayfabe Friends
  75.   Adelita
  76.   We've Got Your Back
  77.   Light Leaves, Dark Sees, Pt. 2
  78.   Mi Cafetal
  79.   Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks
  80.   Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time
  81.   What Death Leaves Behind
  82.   Who Fell Asleep In
  83.   For Flotsam
  84.   Got Stendhal's
  85.   Baby I Got the Death Rattle
  86.   Letters From Me To Charlotte (RSVP)
  87.   Between An Erupting Earth And An Exploding Sky
  88.   Hung Empty