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Los Campesinos! are a seven-piece Welsh indie-pop outfit best known for their exclamatory exuberance and smarty-pants lyricism. Taking their name from the Spanish for 'the peasants', the combo consists of a cobbled-together, co-ed line-up whose members all have kept their surnames secret. Like The Ramones before them, Los Campesinos! members all adopt the stage surname Campesinos. Gaining the affection of Broken Social Scene's mixmaster David Newfeld, Los Campesinos! would record both their debut EP, 2007’s Sticking Fingers Into Sockets, and their debut LP, 2008's Hold On Now, Youngster... in Canada. And both discs would end up being released BSS’s Toronto label Arts & Crafts. With the release of Hold On Now, Youngster... early in 2008, Los Campesinos! found a largely-appreciative audience. In particular, the band were praised for the lyricism of vocalist/glockist Gareth. To support the release of the record, Los Campesinos! embarked on a UK tour where they were supported by two of their favorite bands of 2008: noisy LA duo No Age, and fuzzed-out lo-fi jam-kids Times New Viking.Los Campesinos!' third album, the typically verbose Romance is Boring, came bearing a darker, more dramatic and anxious sound; something symbolized by collaborations with members of Parenthetical Girls, Xiu Xiu, and the Dead Science. Its release in 2010 divided critics a shade more than either of the first two LC! LPs, with its more rocking, bitter, sarcastic edge greeted as either improvement or disappointment, in turn. In 2011, the band announced the release of their fourth record, Hello Sadness.
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