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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

It's Los Campesinos! It's Me! And We're Dancing!

Sticking Fingers Into Sockets is sixteen minutes of pure bliss: cute, raw pop with an edge. The clunky glockenspiel and singsongy strings added to this perfect mess of noise makes every song unique--think Architecture In Helsinki. And yet, there's something about the jubilant handclaps, the shouting, the layering of endearing male and female vocals that make Los Campesinos! completely unique. They can even redo an older song (Frontwards) and make it entirely their own--I could barely recognize it was a Pavement song! The energy displayed in these six tracks alone is more than can be found in many full length albums, and the lyrics are fantastic as well, so take the time to hear them out. Los Campesinos! aren't trying to be perfect; they don't over-edit their music and they play what they want (which, lucky for us, is exactly what we want to hear). I can think of very few EPs as satisfyingly fun as this Welsh septet's debut.

Good CD!!!!!

I've been watching these guys for a while now. I had to order their album from Wales just a second ago to find it was on itunes. Regardless of how you get it, get this CD!! It's just filled with fun songs, sadly only six of them but still worth it

Great Album

I love this CD. It's got the perfect blend of great hooks and great rock. Plus, its a lot of fun. I would recommend this CD to anyone.

Biography

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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