Poster children for the modern disenchanted, Los Campesinos! bring their wryly uproarious indie-pop to Gloucester Guildhall in an exclusive NME tour warm-up show.
Once described as what would happen if you gave ‘every member of Belle & Sebastian a dangerous dose of Sherbet Dip and Red Bull’, Los Campesinos! are a Welsh band without any Welsh band members. They got together at Cardiff University (all seven members of the band eventually left with a degree) and proceeded to gig around the area and post their music on the internet until they were enthusiastically picked up by Bethan Elfyn and Huw Stephens and featured on their Radio 1 Wales show. The band’s reputation continued to grow and in August 2006 they landed a support slot with Broken Social Scene. A few months later they signed to Wichita Recordings and by February 2007 they had released their first single, double A-side We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives/Don’t Tell Me To Do The Math(s). In October that year they embarked on their first full UK tour.
Debut album, Hold On Now, Youngster, was released in February 2008 to glowing praise from critics. Lauded as a ‘giddy, tuneful love note to individuality, pathos, silliness and everything else indie-pop built its name on’, it features crescendos, hooks and clever turns of phrase in all the right places to perfectly complement the emotional vividness of the poetic lyrics. In August that year the band released another record entitled We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, proclaiming that there were not going to be any singles released from it and there would be limited distribution. Though many consider it to be an album due to its length, the band have always referred to it as an extended EP, citing ‘artistic reasons’.
With the band’s songwriting skills on a steady upwards trajectory, the second official album, Romance Is Boring, was released in February 2010, and they recently announced the launch of their quarterly fanzine, Heat Rash, which is intended to ‘allow us to act in the moment, to talk about what we want to, as a platform for other mediums of ‘art’, and to write and release songs in a more spontaneous way. This will hopefully allow a less formal, more fluid, DIY vein of work to develop alongside, and outside, of our album releases.’
Colourful and energetic, this is a show not to be missed!
Tuesday 1st February // Tickets £10 // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14s
For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall’s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at http://www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre on Southgate Street.