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