Death to Los Campesinos! – Los Campesinos!

These guys had a fair amount of P-fork buzz around their first album, and they’ve got endorsements from such luminaries as Gruff Rhys [Super Furry Animals]. I downloaded the first album a while ago, fell in love with “Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats”, but took my time getting into the rest of the first album Hold On Now, Youngster. Well, I’m now into it. I really like the upbeat tempo of everything, and I like the juxtaposition of the softly accented female vocals (Aleksandra Campesinos!) and the harder accent of the male vocals (Tom Campesinos!). And yeah, they’re the type of band where everyone changes their last name so that it’s the same as the band.

They may get a little too sugary after a while, but they have some really good stuff, and they strike as the type of band that will be really good live. I’ll find out when they come to Chicago in February. I get the impression they’re the type of band that PP will pan.

Also, what is it about Wales that makes them produce an inordinate number of good bands relative to the size of the country? The Alarm, Super Furry Animals, Catatonia, Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics when they didn’t suck…

4 Responses to “Death to Los Campesinos! – Los Campesinos!”


  • I’ll try my best…my best to what?…Like, listen or hate?

    I leave it to the mysteries.

  • The Uncanny Canadian

    Don’t forget Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci with the best of the Welsh bands.

    I really like this song. The background reminds me of Caribou and some of the power pop reminds me a little of New Pornographers. IT is very danceable.

  • I know every single reviewer says it, but I like their energy. I can’t listen to this album all the way through, but in 3-5 song bursts it is perfect.

  • I really can’t avoid The Go! Team references on the cacophony and zest that I enjoy in this musical experience. I’m sad they are avoiding the West Coast this go around because I would certainly be in line to see them…

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