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30 May
2012


Cardiff, Wales-based septet, Los Campesinos! have posted a brand new song – their first since the release of last year’s album Hello Sadness (Arts & Crafts) – on their website for free. The song, entitled “Tiptoe Through The True Bits,” is available to download free by clicking HERE. “Tiptoe Through The True Bits” was a song recorded at the same time as Hello Sadness, but never found a home on the album. Says the band, “’Tiptoe Through The True Bits’ acts as an appropriate bookend to what happens within Hello Sadness, both musically and personally.”

As previously announced, Los Campesinos! will return to the U.S. this June in support of Hello Sadness. Tickets for these shows are on sale now. Yellow Ostrich will support the band on all of their U.S. dates.

Live, Los Campesinos! are revelatory. The seven-piece is simply larger-than-life when they take the stage, oozing punk rock energy and encouraging cathartic sing-alongs. The songs from Hello Sadness sound bigger and bolder than their recorded counterparts; indeed, when at a Los Campesinos! show, sadness has never sounded so damn good.

Tour Dates:
6/15/12 Chicago, IL @ A Taste of Randolph
6/16/12 St. Louis, MO @ Plush
6/17/12 Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s
6/19/12 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
6/20/12 Richmond, VA @ The National
6/21/12 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
6/22/12 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
6/23/12 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
6/24/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
6/26/12 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
6/27/12 Raleigh, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
6/28/12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
6/29/12 Orlando, FL @ Beachman Theatre
6/30/12 Miami, FL @ Bardot

22 May
2012

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2012 Lineup Announced

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Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced its lineup for the 2012 edition of the festival. Set to headline this year’s lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys and Jack White. Three day tickets and single day passes are still on-sale for the festival for the festival set for October 12th through the 14th. Pick them up here while they last.

Check out the full lineup below:

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys
Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Iggy & The Stooges, AVICII, BASSNECTAR, The Roots, The Shins, Weezer, Gotye, The Civil Wars, M83, Tegan and Sara, Childish Gambino Two Door Cinema Club, Thievery Corporation, The Afghan Whigs, Crystal Castles, Andrew Bird, Gary Clark Jr., Metric, Band of Skulls, Esperanza Spalding, Alabama Shakes, Delta Spirit, M. Ward, Randy Rogers Band, Die Antwoord, Rufus Wainwright, NEEDTOBREATHE, Big Gigantic, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Steve Earle, The War On Drugs, Umphrey’s McGee, Barrington Levy, Old 97′s Punch Brothers, Bombay Bicycle Club, A-Trak, Trampled by Turtles Patterson Hood, Michael Kiwanuka, Big K.R.I.T., Oberhofer, POLICA, Tennis, Zola Jesus, Stars, Kimbra, Black Lips, Los Campesinos!, Jovanotti, Ben Howard, Ruthie Foster, Freelance Whales, Civil Twilight, The Whigs, Dev, The Lumineers, Bad Books, The Devil Makes Three, Asleep at the Wheel, First Aid Kit Patrick Watson, LP, Caveman, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Father John Misty The Wombats, Dry the River, The Boxer Rebellion, Soul Rebels Brass Band Thundercat, Willis Earl Beal, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Kishi Bashi, Deep Dark Woods, Moon Duo, Kopecky Family Band, River City Extension Quiet Corral, Wheeler Brothers, The Relatives, Space Capone, The Staves Native Run, Nikki Lane, Quiet Company, Infantree, Wild Child, La Vida Bohème The Eastern Sea, The Dunwells, Kenny Vaughan Trio, Justin Jones, Sonámbulo Royal Teeth, Noah Gunderson, The Aaron Ivey Band, The Mighty Sincere Voices G.S.T., Colorfeels, Lera Lynn, Megan McCormick, Shields of Faith, Stapletones, The Baylor Choir, Disciples of Joy, Ralph’s World, Orange Sherbet, Big Don Rocknoceros, Hullabaloo, Jambo, Peter DiStefano & Tor, The School of Rock, The Q Brothers

14 Feb
2012

By Ace Ubas

With Valentine’s Day looming, what better way for romantic couples to spend a cold Saturday night than at a Los Campesinos! concert. Gareth Campesinos, vocalist and songwriter for the Welsh outfit, advised to the crowd Saturday night that their headlining show is “not a place for couples. It’s a pit of despair.” Why? Well, if you’re familiar with them at all, then you’ll know that their lyrics hit on themes of lovelorn and heartbreak. Apparently Los Angeles didn’t care as they filled the Echoplex to the brim, dancing and singing along to songs about depression. In fact, it seems that this was a night that brought everyone together – together in a sense where every single person in the venue was united by their love for one band. In a way, Los Campesinos! acted as the crowd’s date for evening and everyone got “lucky” at the end of the night.

Setting the mood for the night was Portland, Oregon’s own Parenthetical Girls and served as quite the contrast in terms of musical style. Providing a more theatrical and visual approach to their set, a projection of avant-garde images was shown in the background behind them. Opening with the minimal “Sympathy for Spastics,” keyboardist Amber Smith played delicately on her instrument as each member emerged one-by-one onto the stage. Vocalist Zac Pennington made it an emphasis that they are more than just a band – they are performers. His humor and witty banter in between songs made him seem charming. At one point, he jokingly admitted that he was pandering to the crowd asking them if they were “excited for Los Campesinos!? Are you excited for spring break? You guys like pizza? Uhh…Los Angeles?!” Obviously, the pandering worked since they cheered to every question. But that’s not where their real appeal and talent lies. It’s their ability to connect with the crowd not only through interaction, but their infectious blend of experimental art-pop.

The majority of their set consisted of songs from their latest series of EP’s entitled Privilege. “Careful Who You Dance With” and “Young Throats” exposed their more electronic side with bouncing synths and drum pads provided by wild-haired drummer Paul Alcott. Most of the time, they showcased their proficiency for the more orchestral side of the spectrum with sampled strings to go along with Pennington’s dynamic falsettos on songs like “Entitlements,” “For All the Final Girls,” and “The Pornographer.” They even did a perfect rendition of The Smiths’ “Handsome Devil.” When Pennington wasn’t on stage, he was in the crowd walking throughout the venue floor or using the venue itself as percussion during set closer “Stolen Children” where he hit the walls and the truss support with a drum stick.

Before their set ended, fog nearly encapsulated the stage and Pennington responded by saying that “it’s so fucking mystic up here. I feel there should be a scale model of Stonehenge.” He was right that it was “fucking mystic” on the stage, but that’s attributed to Parenthetical Girls’ mesmerizing performance rather than the stage effects.

Though the average age of Los Campesinos! is around 25, four full-length albums, a couple of appearances on late night television, numerous festival stints, and years of touring are enough to qualify them as veterans in the indie music scene. And their live performance proves just that. After all, Gareth did say that everyone in attendance is at the “Los Campesinos! Grammy party, the hottest ticket in town.”

By the way that the crowd was staring intently with their doe eyes at the stage, it was easy to tell that they were ready to explode with excitement from the edge of their metaphorical seats. As soon as Los Campesinos! hit the stage and played “By Your Hand” off their latest album, Hello Sadness, the entire crowd was bobbing up-and-down singing the lyrics word for word with joyous enthusiasm.

Over the past couple of years, the band has gone through a couple of lineup changes that saw key members leave. But not even two songs into their set, it was hard to not be impressed with how tight-knit this band has become. Newest members Jason Campesinos! (drums) and Gareth’s sister Kim Campesinos! (keyboard/vocals) are looked as if they were with the band since its inception in 2006. Most importantly, Gareth is not only a great vocalist, but a natural frontman. He controls and interacts with the crowd with strong confidence and poise.

Their set was composed of a great balance between all four of their albums that kept the crowd energized and moving from start to finish. Newer songs such as “Songs about Your Girlfriend” and “Hello Sadness” received just as much love as the older songs, while “Life is a Long Time” saw guitarist Tom Campesinos! deliver blistering guitar riffs to everyone’s delight. In between songs, Gareth showed off his sense off humor saying that the “hits just keep on coming” between “There Are Listen Buildings” and “We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.” If you ask me, it’s hard to determine what the “hits” are when each song is just as good as the other. And that’s a sign of a great band.

The highlight of their set was hands-down “You! Me! Dancing!” which included a touching tribute to the late great Whitney Houston as Gareth sang a few lines from “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” From the first sound of the guitar hook, the crowd cheered from the top of their lungs and danced with pure bliss, while singing the chorus emphatically. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a song played live where crowd surfing, dancing, singing, and moshing happened concurrently.

When they exited the stage after set closer “Baby I Got the Death Rattle,” the crowd egged on the band to come back out for an encore by chanting “CAM-PE-SI-NOS” followed by a flurry of claps with the same rhythm. The septet came back to oblige the yearning crowd with a two-song encore starting with “Miserabilia” that featured Kim’s soothing singing style before ending the night with traditional closer “Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks.”

Los Campesinos! have surely come a long way since I’ve seen them play a few years ago where no one knew who they were. Now they’re selling out shows across countries with a strong devoted following. With youth on their side, there’s no reason to believe that they have hit their peak in terms of success – they’re just getting started.

Parenthetical Girls set list:
Sympathy for Spastics
Entitlements
Careful Who You Dance With
For All the Final Girls
A Song for Ellie Greenwich
The Pornographer
Young Throats
Handsome Devil (The Smiths’ cover)
Stolen Children

Los Campesinos! set list:
By Your Hand
Romance is Boring
Death to Los Campesinos!
Life is a Long Time
Letters from Me to Charlotte
Songs about Your Girlfriend
There Are Listen Buildings
We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Straight in at 101
To Tundra
You! Me! Dancing!
The Sea is a Good Place to Think about the Future
Hello Sadness
Baby I Got the Death Rattle

Encore:
Miserabilia
Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks

21 Jan
2012

Los Campesinos! performed “By Your Hand” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Watch the video below and pick up their album Hello Sadness on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

06 Dec
2011


Cardiff, Wales’ based septet, Los Campesinos! will embark on an extensive North American tour this January. Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase starting on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011, followed by general tickets on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011. Get your tickets HERE!

The band, which recently released its fourth album entitled Hello Sadness via Arts & Crafts, kicked off the album release by playing four very special, jam-packed U.S shows in November. This time around, they’re making sure to hit a wider array of cities to bring their fans these stellar tunes in the flesh.

Live, Los Campesinos! are larger-than-life, oozing punk rock energy. They know how to make the crowd jump with their massive sound and Gareth’s kicking and shouting, while dramatically slapping a glockenspiel. See dates below!

Praise for Hello Sadness:

“The pleasure of Los Campesinos! is the pleasure of hearing Gareth Campesinos! talk — ramble, really — about miserable things… Gareth describes heartbreak as the splaying out of his innards not once, or twice, but on three separate songs on “Hello Sadness,” …the band is better when not holding back, like on the fantastically stomping choral hook of “By Your Hand,” or the polyphonically dense “Songs About Your Girlfriend,” the most acidic song here.” – The New York Times

“diverse breakup album that examines the many vivid moods stemming from love’s implosion, from the titular sadness to rage to resignation and back again.” – NPR

“Los Campesinos! can’t stop adorning their odes to existential grief with snappy handclaps…still showing signs of growth on this third album… frontman and Morrissey/Malkmus acolyte Gareth always sounds giddy that someone crushed his heart and gave him an excuse to write another word-drunk cry of despair.” – Spin

Tour Dates:
1/19/12 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
1/20/12 Montreal, QC @ Sala Rossa
1/21/12 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
1/22/12 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
1/23/12 London, ON @ London Music Hall
1/24/12 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
1/25/12 Columbus, OH @ Outland Live
1/26/12 Bloomington. IN @ Bluebird
1/27/12 Chicago, IL @ Metro
1/28/12 Madison, WI @ The Sett at Union South
1/29/12 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
1/31/12 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
2/1/12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
2/3/12 Vancouver @ Electric Owl
2/4/12 Seattle, WA @ Neptune
2/7/12 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
2/8/12 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
2/10/12 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
2/11/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
2/12/12 San Diego, CA @ Casbah

17 Nov
2011

By Ace Ubas

Though the average age of Los Campesinos! is around 25 years old, the Cardiff-based seven-piece are considered veterans in the indie music scene. Since 2006, they’ve released four full-length albums with the latest, entitled Hello Sadness, having been released this past Tuesday. This month of November is shaping up to be their busiest as they played a few dates in the UK last week, only to arrive in New York on Wednesday for the beginning of a brief East coast tour.

Before their show, I had a chance to speak with lead vocalist Gareth Campesinos over the phone to talk about the new album, the lyric-writing process, and their relationship with their fans.

I want to congratulate you on the release of your fourth album, Hello Sadness.

Thank you very much. Our heads are a bit all over the place at the moment. We arrived in New York late last night. A mixture of jet lag and excitement of being here means we’re all a bit stir-crazy today.

Having recorded the previous albums in the US, how did you end up recording Hello Sadness in Spain?

Well, a series of very fortunate circumstances, I guess. Originally, we were going to try to do it cheaply in Cardiff. The Manic Street Preachers, who are a Cardiff band as well, had a studio we were hoping to use. And every time we nearly managed to book the studio up, they said “we actually need it to do this or that in that week.” Eventually, we were offered two overly paid gigs in Spain in the space of three or four days; one opening in a club and one playing a festival. We thought that seeing as we were in Spain and we’ve been paid this money to go there, we might as well stay there and make the most of it. We recorded in a studio that our management (Turnstile Music) has used before. They also manage Super Furry Animals, so they were familiar with the studio. We ended up recording there with John Goodmanson once again. It was the most incredible recording experience we’ve ever had; it was the most fun. It was a really enjoyable month that we spent there.

Speaking of John Goodmanson, this is the third album he has produced. What makes him the ideal producer?

By now, we know how he loves to work and he knows how we best work. I think going into recording an album, there’s enough things to worry about with regards to how ready the songs are and how you want the songs to finish up. Having to get to know a producer, both musically and socially, would be another really difficult thing. I think the fact that on Romance is Boring and We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, the experiences that we had recording with him, those were so enjoyable. He’s such an easy-going, fun, and kind guy. It’s just really nice to be around him, let alone his production ability. It was never really a question. We always assumed that we’d be recording with him and hopefully he assumed that he’d be doing the record as well. I think that this is certainly the best production job we’ve achieved on the record. That’s a testament to the relationship, both working and personal, that we forged with John.

Before entering the recording studio, all the music had been written, but the lyrics weren’t. Why did you choose to write the lyrics when you got to Spain?

To be honest, the last two records as well, I always leave writing lyrics to the last minute anyway. I’m not the sort of person that will sit down with a notepad and pen, and be like “I need to get my feelings out and put them into a song.” I find the notion of that incredibly embarrassing and I wouldn’t really ever think like that. What generally motivates me to write is the pressure of knowing that I have to and that these songs are complete, and what they need is lyrics and vocals. When we recorded We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, all the lyrics for that record were written in the space of about three days because I was under pressure to do so. That seems to be how I work best.

In this case, I sort of attempted to start writing a bit earlier to see how that worked out for me. About a week before going into the studio, the relationship that I was in broke-up and that kind of meant that everything that I’d written for the record, up ‘til then, the context was entirely different. And perhaps the sentiment that I was putting across in the song, in the lyrics, wasn’t appropriate and wasn’t something I could connect with anymore. I sort of started from scratch and just worked on it in the studio. I’m very fortunate that my band-mates and Tom especially, who writes all the music, are understanding and sympathetic to that. I’ve been very lucky, that on every occasion where I’ve written like this, it’s all worked out well. But I’m sure in the future it will come back and kick me in the face.

Did the city you recorded in provide any inspiration in writing the lyrics?

In this case, I would say not at all. I think the environment that we were in was a very nice working environment. We recorded in a place called Figueres, which is in Girona near Barcelona. The surroundings were filled with trees and mountains, the weather was lovely, and there was a swimming pool. There was plenty of space to relax and to have peace, if you needed it. The surroundings, in that respect, allowed me to concentrate on writing and not be distracted. But actually being in Spain didn’t really find its way into the lyrics so much because it was just like being anywhere peaceful, quaint, and nice.

Your lyrics are very honest and straightforward, but they’re also dark. Are darker lyrics easier than happier ones?

Yeah, completely. When I was attempting to write lyrics initially, I was in a happy relationship and I found it very hard. It’s a lot easier to write a sad song or an unhappy song than a happy song. Themes and ideas that bring sadness to people are pretty universal, so I think writing a sad song is a lot easier in that respect. It’s fortunate enough, for the fate of the album, that my private life ended like it did.

Do you think the audience can relate more to the lyrics with the way they are?

It’s difficult to say. The specific points that I talk about in the song are personal to me. I try not to think any further about what people will take from it or what they’ll think about it. The ideas of heartbreak, sadness, and depression are pretty universal ones. I’d imagine that there’s a lot in these songs that people can empathize with.

The somber lyrics are paired up with upbeat music so there’s this sense of duality. What do you like about this juxtaposition?

I think it’s very interesting in how it allows people to take different things from the music. From the way people comment about our music, the initial feedback we get from people at shows, or in messages people send us, it’s clear that many people take comfort or enjoyment in the dark nature or the descriptiveness in the lyrics. There are also an equal number of people who enjoy it because they hear this upbeat music. It’s always really surreal when people will say “this song really, really cheered me up,” and I just think “well, that song’s about how depressed I am and how lonely I feel.” The fact that somebody can get such enjoyment out of that is weird, but it’s great that people can take different things from the music. Performing live is a very visceral experience for me to be singing these lyrics, which are quite dark I suppose, atop of this energetic, raucous, and aggressive music. Perhaps it’d be more suited, in theory, that these lyrics to fit atop some sparse, gloomy minor chords. To perform them as we do, in the way that we do, it means it can be quite a classic experience.

In the past couple of years, the band has seen some line-up changes. How was the songwriting process different for this album compared to the previous three albums?

Hardly at all. One thing people kind of miss when discussing how three people who were originally are in the band have left the band, those three people never contributed to writing songs when they were in the band. I don’t think the band would be, in theory, any different in direction now if they were still in the band.

Jason is one of the best drummers I’ve ever had the pleasure to see play. Kim (vocals/keyboards) has got a gorgeous voice and a music degree, so she’s well-informed on the technicalities and details of music, something that we haven’t necessarily had as much of in the past. And Rob (guitar) is used to writing and recording his own material. He’s recorded EP’s in the past of his solo stuff and produced it. In the three people that joined, we’ve got people who can really contribute in very important and very definite ways. I think every change that has occurred, not even considering the line-up as it is, we’re the most united and happy. We’re enjoying each others company more than we ever have. I also think that we’re undoubtedly strongest musically and technically.

Los Campesinos! tends to have a strong, personal relationship with a very devoted fanbase. How important is it to maintain this kind of relationship?

I certainly think it’s very important. If wasn’t important, I don’t think we’d make the effort because sometimes it can a bit strenuous and occasionally frustrating. The main reason we do it is because it makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable for us. You have to travel to the UK, then to come over to the States, South America, and all over Europe and Asia. We have this amazing opportunity to play to these people, who shouldn’t really have to know who our band is. There’s no reason why anyone should know who our band is. And then to get to meet them by selling merch after the shows, hanging out while watching the other bands play, through direct e-mail communication, or even something so small like Twitter or Facebook, it’s so nice to see that these people who care about our band have names, faces, and accents. If we met them in any other circumstance, there’s a huge number of people that we’d probably become friends with.

On the other hand, you do meet a lot of other people that are extremely irritating and often quite horrible people, who sort of feel like because they’ve come to your show, that you owe them to listen to what ever differences or irritating opinion they’re spouting . It’s only natural that you’re going to meet a lot of incredibly nice people, but not-so-nice people as well.

That relationship you have with your audience translates over into the live setting. Your band is very interactive with the crowd. Do you think bands should do more to break down that barrier between audience and performer?

I don’t think bands should do more. I think a lot of bands would enjoy it more if they did. There are probably some bands that breaking down that barrier wouldn’t suit things so much. A lot of bands’ music benefits from a sense of mystery or keeping things behind closed doors. But perhaps because of the nature of our music and our lyrics, it makes sense to break those barriers down and be as one-on-one with every person in the audience as possible. Equally, I wouldn’t say that any other band should do it that way because it just might not suit people. I think it should be something that bands do because they enjoy it, rather than they feel obligated to do it. And we certainly do enjoy it.

You’re currently on the East coast for a brief tour. Are there any plans to head out West?

Yeah we do. We’re very excited to. With this trip to the States, it kind of makes sense to just keep it to this area because it’s a very flying visit. I think mid-January next year, we’ve got a very long and expansive tour planned, which will be equal parts exciting and crippling for us because of the length of it and the nature of it is going to be intense. We haven’t really done a proper tour in the whole of 2011 because we’ve been recording, completing all aspects of the album, and playing festivals. We did a five-day tour in the UK last week and it just felt like we were kind of getting into our stride and getting into the swing of things of being on tour, and then it ended. We’re going to crawl all the way down the West coast next year. We’ve got a lot of friends on the West coast and we’ve played a lot of memorable and exciting gigs over there.

16 Nov
2011

Today, Cardiff, Wales’ Los Campesinos! will be releasing their fourth album Hello Sadness on Arts & Crafts. Hello Sadness is Los Campesinos! at their most melodic, direct and exhilarating, featuring ten songs of love, loss and heartbreak. It is an honest, bare-bones documentation of two people breaking up and trying not to break up in the process, and is simultaneously the most focused collection by Los Campesinos! to date. Opener “By Your Hand”envisions death at the hand of a lover – a perfect tune for setting the album’s tone and theme into place – while songs like “Baby I Got The Death Rattle” and “Light Leaves, Dark Sees Pt. II” come from a raw, uncertain place that feel more authentic than their previous recordings. More heart-on-sleeve than ever before, Hello Sadness is Los Campesinos! at their very best.

Catch Los Campesinos! at one of their four very special U.S shows. Dates are below:

16 November – New York (NY), Bowery Ballroom
17 November – Brooklyn (NY), Music Hall Of Williamsburg
18 November – Philadelphia (PA), Union Transfer
19 November – Washington DC, Black Cat

Praise for Hello Sadness:
“The pleasure of Los Campesinos! is the pleasure of hearing Gareth Campesinos! talk — ramble, really — about miserable things… Gareth describes heartbreak as the splaying out of his innards not once, or twice, but on three separate songs on “Hello Sadness,” …the band is better when not holding back, like on the fantastically stomping choral hook of “By Your Hand,” or the polyphonically dense “Songs About Your Girlfriend,” the most acidic song here.” – New York Times

“diverse breakup album that examines the many vivid moods stemming from love’s implosion, from the titular sadness to rage to resignation and back again.” – NPR

“Los Campesinos! can’t stop adorning their odes to existential grief with snappy handclaps…still showing signs of growth on this third album… frontman and Morrissey/Malkmus acolyte Gareth always sounds giddy that someone crushed his heart and gave him an excuse to write another word-drunk cry of despair.” – Spin

08 Sep
2011

They say good things come in threes: hot on the heels of the news we brought you last week about the release of the new Los Campesinos! album, Hello Sadness, we have more Los Campesinos! info to share with you now.

The first mp3 from Hello Sadness, a song called “By Your Hand,” is up for free download now via the band’s website – check it out HERE. Los Campesinos! are also thrilled to announce their Stateside return for a few select shows this November around Hello Sadness’s release on November 15th on Arts & Crafts.

“By Your Hand” is the opening track of Hello Sadness, and deals with the eschatology of a relationship. The End Of Days as rose-tinted spectacles de-mist and love ends, but lust writhes on unabashedly. It’s got a massive chorus, too. We love it.

A video for “By Your Hand” will also premiere today on the band’s fantastically entertaining blog – http://www.loscampesinos.com/blog

And those tour dates….
16 November – New York (NY), Bowery Ballroom
17 November – Brooklyn (NY), Music Hall Of Williamsburg
18 November – Philadelphia (PA), Union Transfer
19 November – Washington DC, Black Cat

As well as the usual outlets, tickets can be bought (cheaper!) direct from the band from their online store: http://www.loscampesinos.com/store
AND – pre-order Hello Sadness here! – http://www.galleryac.com/los-campesinos-hello-sadness.html

31 Aug
2011

Arts & Crafts is proud to announce the release of the newest album by Cardiff, Wales’ Los Campesinos! entitled Hello Sadness on November 15th, 2011. Recorded earlier this year in Girona, Spain by producer John Goodmanson – responsible for the septet’s previous two albums, 2008’s We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed and 2010’s Romance is Boring – Hello Sadness is Los Campesinos! at their most melodic, direct and exhilarating, featuring ten songs of love, loss and heartbreak. It is an honest, bare-bones documentation of two people breaking up and trying not to break up in the process, and is simultaneously the most focused collection by Los Campesinos! to date.

Ever present are the wry observations, the razor-sharp wordplay and the band’s varied instrumentation, combined with some of the saddest, world-weary confessionals Los Campesinos! have ever recorded. Indeed, Hello Sadness is wise beyond its years, exhibited not only in the sincerity, poetry and honesty of its lyrical content, but by the instrumental dynamics of its songs: a band that previously all put their foot on the accelerator pedal at once, a key element of their high octane sound, have learned how to take turns and let each other drive. Yes, things are still loud and upbeat. Yes, lead vocalist Gareth Campesinos! still tells it like it is. Yes, theirs is still the perfect middle ground between punk rock, indie pop, Morrissey and The Fall’s Mark E. Smith. But each instrument has a settled place; each song sounds incredibly confident in its aim and abilities. The result is a band that has never sounded more together while detailing the impact of a relationship falling apart.

At just ten songs and forty minutes, Hello Sadness is perhaps the first Los Campesinos! album that sounds lean and pruned, indulgence shorn away and filler ruthlessly excised. Opener “By Your Hand” envisions death at the hand of a lover – a perfect tune for setting the album’s tone and theme into place – while songs like “Baby I Got The Death Rattle” and “Light Leaves, Dark Sees Pt. II” come from a raw, uncertain place that, in their confusion of emotions, feels more authentic than previous Los Campesinos! recordings. This is bolstered by the band’s own voices – singing together at least once one every song – as a unified message of hope, dismay and need. It’s a confessional feel that’s intensified in places by whispers of incidental sound – the rattle of rain, distant radio, the hiss of room microphones – and snatches of Dictaphone, captured by Gareth in a lonely or introspective moment. It’s an album whose very purpose and complexion changed dramatically when, on the eve of recording, the end of a relationship meant every word that had been penned before had to be rewritten. More heart-on-sleeve than ever before, Hello Sadness is Los Campesinos! at their very best.

Los Campesinos! are: Gareth Campesinos! (vocals), Tom Campesinos! (guitar), Neil Campesinos! (guitar), Kim Campesinos! (keyboard/vocals), Jason Campesinos! (drums), Rob Campesinos! (keyboard/guitar) and Ellen Campesinos! (bass).

Hello Sadness track listing:
1. By Your Hand
2. Songs About Your Girlfriend
3. Hello Sadness
4. Life Is A Long Time
5. Every Defeat A Divorce (Three Lions)
6. Hate For The Island
7. The Black Bird, The Dark Slope
8. To Tundra
9. Baby I Got The Death Rattle
10. Light Leaves, Dark Sees Pt. II

02 Oct
2010

Los Campesinos! performed “Straight In At 101″ on Last Call with Carson Daly. Check it out and pick up their album Romance Is Boring on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD