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

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