Los Campesinos! : Biography
Los Campesinos! are a seven piece indie pop band from Cardiff, Wales. 'Los Campesinos' roughly translates as 'The Farmers' (or 'The Peasants') in English.
The group came together at university in 2006, originally consisting of Neil on guitar, Ellen on bass guitar, and Ollie on drums. In March 2006, Tom joined the band, assuming the role of lead guitarist and songwriter, later followed by Gareth on vocals and glockenspiel, Harriet on violin and keyboard, and finally Aleksandra on vocals and keyboards.
The band performed their first gig in May 2006 at a student union club night, and went on to play a number of increasingly well-received gigs around Cardiff. An early demo was recorded featuring the songs 'Death To Los Campesinos!', 'It Started With A Mixx', 'Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks', and live favourite 'You! Me! Dancing!'. The songs were posted on the internet, bolstering the popularity established by their energetic live shows and earning them airplay on Beth & Huw's evening show on BBC Radio 1 Wales. The band's reputation continued to grow, and in August 2006 landed them a slot supporting Canadian supergroup Broken Social Scene.
In November 2006, the band were signed by Wichita Recordings, who put out their first single on 26 February 2007, a double A-side featuring new songs 'We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives' and 'Don't Tell Me To Do The Math(s)'. In April the band signed to Canadian label Arts & Crafts for Canadian and North American releases. In June 2007 the band released 'You! Me! Dancing!' on limited edition 7" coloured vinyl, accompanied by a handful of dates playing Bath, Newport, Cardiff and London. The EP Sticking Fingers Into Sockets was released on 3 July on Arts & Crafts, produced by Broken Social Scene collaborator Dave Newfeld. The band embarked on their first full UK tour in October, preceded by the 'The International Tweexcore Underground' single (released October 15th 2007).