Los Campesinos! play the Village. Probably get ID'd


The apparent rules for having a successful indie band these days:
1. There must be more of you than the average band size of 4 or 5 lets say
2. You must incorporate as many obscure or unused musical instruments as possible.
3. You must all of you be playing at the same time all the time.
4. You must make impossibly happy music with bleak or cynical lyrical subject matter.
5. Repeat to fade.



While not comparing Los Campesionos! to The Arcade Fire et al, the Canadian chancers do seem to have kick started or at the very least popularised the notions outlined above.

Our little (and in some cases very very cute) heroes from Wales seem to have such a joie de vivre that in many ways they can seem like a plate of merangues. Delicious but can make you very queasy.

Regardless their energy is infectious and they do use the xylophone to excellent effect (and get extra points for enabling me to show off that I know how to spell xylophone) but unless they slow down and start breaking apart their songs a little more than they're going to get very stale very quickly. They have a habit of picking a nice awesome sound and then playing it over and over throughout the song instead of slowing down, going to a bridge or a break and then going back to the awesome bit. Confusing? Tough. Thats how I felt when I saw the keyboard player.





I think I'm in love




Have some tuneage. The International Tweexcore Underground:



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8 comments:

February 12, 2008 at 2:27 PM Clockwork Rob said...

I think it's actually a glockenspiel, not a xylophone.

February 12, 2008 at 2:33 PM Evil Bob said...

Yo mama's a Glockenspiel.

February 12, 2008 at 2:38 PM Evil Bob said...

Thats what she said.

February 12, 2008 at 2:41 PM Clockwork Rob said...

That's what yo mama said.

February 12, 2008 at 2:42 PM Evil Bob said...

i was referring to your mama when I said "Thats what she said".

Man you suck at this.

February 12, 2008 at 2:44 PM Clockwork Rob said...

That's what she said.

Boom.

February 12, 2008 at 2:44 PM Evil Bob said...

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shit