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Album Review

"When you play pass the parcel with human body parts/Somebody might get head, but someone will get hurt." Any debut EP that starts out with a couplet like that is immediately worth checking out, and Los Campesinos!' Sticking Fingers into Sockets more than lives up to its promise. That opening track, "We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives," is a blur of wordy verses broken up by a sweet-and-sour choral chorus that sounds like the Polyphonic Spree on a Broken Social Scene-style atmospheric downer. In fact, this seven-piece British band is signed to BSS' Arts and Crafts label and this EP was produced by that band's sonic mastermind, David Newfeld, which accounts for the extremely familiar medium-fi miasma of various unexpected instrumental touches and the occasional use of amplifier buzz and tape hiss as musical elements. Fundamentally, however, Los Campesinos! are considerably perkier and poppier than their Canadian mentors: plaintive, tuneful indie pop/rockers like "Don't Tell Me to Do the Math(s)" and the brilliantly shambling "Frontwards" (like if vintage Talulah Gosh had a guest violinist) are more instantly hooky than anything Broken Social Scene have ever attempted, more along the lines of Guillemots or even an artsier version of the Arctic Monkeys. The EP's only real flaw is that at six songs in around 15 minutes, it's just way too short. More please.

Customer Reviews

Just what the doctor ordered :)

This is an amazing little EP. i came across them wile looking for gigs to go and i immediately fell in love with them. their catchy tunes will get you dancing no mater what time of day, my favorite song has to be "we throw parties, you throw knives" .for bout 2 quid this is defiantly worth listening to, i would recommend them to anyone :):):)

Good melodies

Shame about the rubbish singer & lyrics, hopefully whoever is writing the music will go on to do better things, these are some fantastic guitar riffs

Sweeney Todd

Heard the bud advert and shasamed it. It's ok. For £1.99 yon can't odds it. Try it. Cheers.


Formed: 2006 in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Celebrating a bratty, tongue-in-cheek viewpoint and a spunky indie punk style similar to Art Brut while applying an assortment of instruments akin to Architecture in Helsinki, the seven-piece group Los Campesinos! (a Spanish name that roughly translates to "the Peasants") formed in 2006 in Cardiff, Wales. The lineup took shape around Cardiff University students Aleksandra (keyboard, horn), Ellen (bass), Gareth (glockenspiel), Harriet (violin, keyboard), Neil (guitar), Ollie (drums), and Tom (guitar),...
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