[Image, Los Campesinos!]
Los Campesinos! @ Brudenell Social Club,
Friday 5th December 2014
For Los Campesinos! more is more; they have six members, multiple guitars, keyboards, drums, a tambourine, and a glockenspiel. The effect is a wave of sound that lifts the audience off their feet and keeps them bouncing from the first full thrash of You! Me! Dancing! to the last echoing chants of Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks, We leave Alone. It is a gig for the fans and the band plays hits from every album, some new stuff from their upcoming EP, and a few “mid tempo album tracks” that the guys have brushed off and brought out of the LC back catalogue for the present tour.
The Brudenell Social Club is a perfect space for their sound and the crowd is clearly full of real fans, shouting the lyrics right back at the stage.
The crowd is boisterous yet respectful; they jump and sway, but you don’t need to worry about flailing limbs that will take the beer right out of your hand.
‘A good place to look to the future is when you are sat at the sea/with the salt up to your ankles and a view of the end of the pier/you may look down at your models feel and wish that you’d just float away/and the weather here is overcast and the sea is the same shade of grey/so the landscape before you looks just like the edge of the world/but to the left side and the right side either way is a crazy golf course!’
It is Los Campesinos! through and through; profound and carnivalesque at the same time. The crowd take in the moment of stillness, and then they are back, yelling out the chorus in unison: ‘And all you can hear is the sound of your own heart!’
Robin Alexander Styles
You can follow Los Campesinos! @ http://loscampesinos.com/
They have a Christmas EP available now which is entitled ‘A Los Campesinos! Christmas – EP’