After losing one of their founding members, Los Campesinos! were at a turning point, wondering whether to go on. Good news for us, they did (in the form of new album No Blues), and sonic architect Tom Campesinos! tells PopMatters all about it ...
Los Campesinos! have done a lot of growing up in a short amount of time, but it is their vision and dedication to their core principles that has kept them humble and morphed them into a dependable and always exciting indie rock institution. May they never lose their vitality.
In four years, Los Campesinos! have put out three albums, toured the world several times, and become critically-adored indie-rock darlings. So why is Gareth Campesinos! still obsessed with gloom and doom? Atheism, meeting fans expectations, and an aversion to their poppier early songs all make up this insightful interview.
It’s laudable and exciting that the band refuses to rest on its laurels live, but it also means that anyone who likes their recorded material needs to catch them in this environment as soon as possible.
Welsh speed-pop septet Los Campesinos! have ascended the indie-rock ladder at a rate that has even stunned co-founder Neil Campesinos. Touring with Broken Social Scene and releasing a critically adored full-length: all in a day's work for a band that didn’t even exist three years ago.