Listen to Hello Sadness, the new album by Los Campesinos! (performing Nov. 18th at Union Transfer)
Photo by Jon Bergman
From NPR Music:
The U.K. band Los Campesinos! makes an ornery and quotable ruckus of the kind that could only come from seven talented brats clamoring to be heard over the din they create collectively. A single Los Campesinos! song can produce enough memorable lines to fill a dozen email signatures, provided it’s possible to parse the words over singer Gareth’s Welsh-accented mushmouth and the mad clatter that constantly threatens to drown him out.
“By Your Hand,” which kicks off Hello Sadness — the band’s fourth full-length album in four years, out Nov. 15 — is full of salty zingers about hands in trousers and a lover who vomits down the front of the protagonist’s rental tux. Conflict rages on and off through the song, with Gareth proclaiming this “a good night for a fistfight,” but the ever-escalating cataclysm that accompanies it is pure joy, complete with shout-along choruses.
You can read NPR’s full write-up and listen to the album in its entirety here. Los Campesinos! performs with Reading Rainbow at 8 p.m. Friday, November 18th, at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15-$18. —Marielle Mondon