Merry Christmas From Los Campesinos!

So we here at ATH initially agreed that we wouldn’t be posting any lame Christmas music this year, but then I went and got extremely festive this weekend and decided to hell with it.  I think many of you may also agree that Los Campesinos! seem like the perfect band to be making some original and poppy holiday time tunes.  This track “Kindle a Flame in Her Heart” was just released by the band for free on their website.  Sure it’s a little cheesy, but I digs it.

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Download: Los Campesinos! – Kindle A Flame In Her Heart [MP3]

New Tunes From Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt

Okay, so the name Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt may be a bit much, but it really encompasses the sense of fun the band is trying to give out to its listeners.  Their album, I Love You I Love You. I Love You. And I’m In Love With You.  Have an Awesome Day. Have the Best Day of Your Life! hits stores on May 5th. This song here has an abundance of exuberance for you all.  It’s like taking Broken Social Scene and making them throw a party with Los Campesinos, which really isn’t a bad thing now is it? Give it a chance.

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Download: Teror Pigeon Dance Revolt – Ride Frindship [MP3]

Los Campesinos! – Romance is Boring

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Rating: ★★½ · ·

Just looking at the blood dripping down the leg of the cover of Romance is Boring, and you can tell that there is a dark shift in the writing of Los Campesinos!. Long have they been a band of rapturous joy and sheer energy, but as we grow older, ultimately our views begin to shift.  This is a record of changing winds; it is a band looking in new directions.

On “A Heat Rash…” you can immediately tell that the band, while retaining some of their trademark sounds, has switched gears, albeit just slightly.  Musically, there is still an overall feeling of joy amidst Gareth’s lyrics, but the fervent energy seems somewhat absent here.  It seems that the urgency of the band has dissipated with the times.

Yes, you will find the traditional Los Campesinos! tracks filled with possibly too much noise for one listener; you’ll find those songs that encourage you to scream atop your lungs with the band, such as “This is a Flag. There is No Wind” or “Straight in at 101.”  These songs bring energy to the group, reminding you of the band’s original sound, but overall, such rambunctious moments are few and far between here, which may be disheartening to long-time fans of the group.

Instead, you’ll stumble across slow movers like “Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State.”  While Gareth’s vocals are coated in minor distortion, the group itself recalls a gloomier version of I’m From Barcelona.  Multiple instruments come in and out with the song fading away into walls of feedback.  This isn’t the only tune that demonstrates a more solemn side of the band. “In Media Res” messes with the song structure that the LC has often employed, using quiet moments back to back with louder constructive moments within the song.  It’s not a slow number, but it definitely doesn’t have the pace of previous efforts.

When you hit across the record’s title track, “Romance is Boring,” for some reason, the album seems kind of muddled.  It’s as if the group set out with one thing in mind, yet they were unable to deliver upon their ideas, or at least they weren’t comfortable straying too far away from their comfort zone.  It’s filled with noise, a la the usual LC stuff, but experimenting with feedback and distortion gets a bit annoying at times.  And if you ask me (which you didn’t) the gang vocals by album three are getting a little bit tiresome, as are Gareth’s lyrics.  What once seemed clever, now seems a bit banal.

For some reason, it seems as if the group just came across a bunch of old alternative records, and they decided that loud frequencies would be rewarding for their live sound, which is quite possible, though it doesn’t translate to the album.  “I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed So You Know,” the closing track, just seems like a bunch of children messing around in their garage.  And wait until you hear the metal moments on “I Warned You Do Not Make an Enemy of Me.”  Did they really put those guitars in there?

By the end of Romance is Boring, it seems that Los Campesinos! have finally warn their listeners down.  They don’t seem nearly as cohesive as they once did, which encourages a lot of the noisier moments to come across in quite an amateur fashion.  It’s loud and boisterous, but it’s too much so at times.  It seems that the band has split their personalities on this, leaving them stuck in the middle somewhere.  It makes for an uneven album, one that doesn’t do the group as much justice as you hoped it would. It’s not nearly as fun as the group CAN be, and not nearly as dark as they seem to want to be.  Expect the next album to make a decision for us and them.

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Download: Los Campesinos! – The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future [MP3]

New Los Campesinos!

loscampesinos09I think most of our readers know that ATH digs all things Los Campesinos!  If you don’t, well you don’t stop around too often.  So that band from Wales has a new tune for you fans to check out called “The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future” and we’ve got it for you below.  It doesn’t yet appear on any album, but I would assume that it may be on an upcoming release in the future.  It’s more of a slow burner as opposed to the fast pop beats we are used to.

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Download: Los Campesinos! – The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future [MP3]

Los Campesinos! @ Emos (8/14)

los-campesinos1We always get excited when Los Campesinos! come to town so we’ll be making a point to see them on Friday when they come to Emos.  We’re even more excited this time around because one of our new favorite bands, Girls, will be playing as well.  Chicago band Smith Westerns will be providing opening support.  Tickets are only $14 and doors are at 9pm.

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Download: Los Campesinos! – Don’t Tell me to Do the Math(s) [MP3]

Los Campesinos! On Daytrotter

loscampCombine one of our favorite bands Los Campesinos! with one of our favorite sites Daytrotter, and you can expect a post on the ol ATH.  The indie popsters recorded a session for the site over the weekend and we’ve been jamming it in our offices.  Head over to check out the awesomely long set.

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Download: Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing! [MP3]

1/30 Los Campesinos @ The Parish

lc2We’ve always been fans of Los Campesinos!, but we honestly weren’t sure what to expect in a live show from a 7 piece indie band comprised of members all in their early twenties. Throw out those preconceptions if they’re keeping you from seeing the band, because they brought the house down at The Parish on Friday night. In a time when most indie or indie “pop” bands can be boring and uninspired, Los Campesinos! brought a raw energy, musicianship and stage presence far more mature than their years would suggest. The band was a non stop bundle of energy jumping on and off stage while telling jokes in between songs. Despite the sometimes spastic tendencies of their music, the songs were beautifully done and created some small mosh pits towards the front of the crowd. Make a point to check these guys out the next time they come to your town and don’t forget your dancin’ shoes. Follow the jump to see some fancy live photos from the show.

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Los Campesinos! @ The Parish (1/30)

Friday night in Austin is going to be full of some tough decisions for you music lovers and option numero uno is Los Campesinos! at The Parish.  These masters of dance infused pop music and year end list makers will be joined by buzz worthy band Titus Andronicus.  Doors for the show open at 8pm and you can get yourself some tickets for only $14.  If I was you, I wouldn’t pass up this rare to chance to catch this Welsh band state side.

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Download: Los Campesinos! – Don’t Tell me to Do the Math(s) [MP3]

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