Friday, August 8, 2008
Los Campesinos - Hold on now, Youngster.. 
Los Campesinos (Spanish for "The Peasants") are from Cardiff, Wales. This is their first official full-length release, although they've been around for a little while and have released a widely circulated demo and an EP. They were signed to Broken Social Scene's label Arts & Crafts and have opened for BSS on tour. Still I hadn't heard of them until the other day when a friend of mine recommended them to me.
Los Campisenos is one of those bands who can bring you out of the mire of sad and sobering music for a little while by managing to be simultaneously rockin, fun, and also intelligent. They remind me of several upbeat indie and indie-punk bands like Architecture in Helsinki, Tilly and the Wall, The Anniversary. The lyrics are rather crafty and there's that Welsh accent that adds its own certain charm.
My current favorite songs on the album are "My Year In Lists" and "This is How You Spell 'Hahaha.'" Download it here