‘Hello Sadness’ is the fourth record by Los Campesinos!, and if 2009’s ‘Romance Is Boring’ marked a giant step on from their genesis – seven kids and a glockenspiel, ricocheting off the four walls of a Cardiff rehearsal room – ‘Hello Sadness’ constitutes another step, and a turn of the corner. These 10 tracks cover what we are coming to recognise as core Los Campesinos! concerns – love, loss, heartbreak, football (always football). But this is a record that’s wiser and more focused than its predecessors, confident in its abilities and clear in its aims.
“It feels like we’ve done all our growing up while in this band,” says vocalist Gareth Campesinos! “Not like we’re Hanson, or anything. But we’ve been Los Campesinos! since finishing university, and in that time we’ve all changed as people massively. That’s something we want to put across in the music.”
Gone is the hypertense, panic-attack rattle that characterised ‘We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed’, and the melancholy wallow that you heard in corners of ‘Romance Is Boring’ is in short supply. Play it more, though, and you hear an emotion that comes from somewhere softer, deeper, and – dare we say it – more authentic. This is a special show at Kings’ College London Student Union as part of a 5 date UK tour celebrating the release of the band’s new album.
STRANGE NEWS FROM ANOTHER STAR
Strange News From Another Star formed in May 2008 after Jimmy Watkins quit international athletics because he needed to play guitar in a band: his sanity depended on it. Together with fellow 800m training partner Harry Jones, they formed a noisy blues two piece named after a short story by Hermann Hesse.
In February 2009 they took on Mark Foley and recorded 7 songs with Charlie Francis. Over the proceeding months, 5 of these songs have proven tough enough to stay in the set. Hence a 5 track EP was released titled ‘Full Frontal’ on 10” Vinyl and Download. There is a 7” split single and an Album on 10” Picture Disc and Download on their way in 2011. They have supported the likes of Future of The Left, Kong, The Blackout, Pulled Apart By Horses and others of equally noise-tastic abilities.
All tickets for this show are now completely SOLD OUT