1. Renato Dall’Ara (2008)
2. Sad Suppers
3. I Broke Up In Amarante
4. A Slow, Slow Death
5. The Fall of Home
6. 5 Flucloxacillin
7. Here’s To The Fourth Time!
8. For Whom The Belly Tolls
9. Got Stendhal’s
10. A Litany/Heart Swells
11. Hung Empty
Los Campesinos!, the seven-piece hailing from Wales who’ve amassed a huge underground following, announce the release of their sixth album Sick Scenes, out worldwide via Wichita Recordings on Friday 24 February 2017.
Listen to the first single ‘I Broke Up In Amarante’ premiered by Pitchfork here
The band recorded the album themselves and co-produced the collection with their long-time collaborator John Goodmanson (and band member Tom Bromley), during Euro 2016 in Fridao, Portugal. The album exists as an expression of the pent-up aggression the group felt due to being inactive for so long; it’s also a celebration of just getting to be a band, of getting to play music with their friends. Thematically the record is concerned with fumbling for personal relevance while trying to be a better person. Repressing anxiety and attempting to function while constantly maintaining the perfect two beer buzz. It is set upon a backdrop of non-league football, prescribed medication and crumbling home towns. These truly are the “sickest scenes”.
On the writing of the follow up to the band’s 2013 album No Blues, lead guitarist Tom said:
“This was the longest the band had gone without releasing any music. That was for a whole bunch of reasons, but I also deliberately tried to resist putting ideas together for as long as possible so I could feel excited about writing again. I was touring with Perfume Genius in 2015 and I think a combination of long van rides listening to music with too much time to (over)think, as well as getting to play guitar on PG’s beautiful and weird, affecting songs every night got me all excited about working on song ideas again. So halfway through the tour we had a fortnight off in Seattle where I put together all the ideas I’d been collecting and started the process of a new album.”
Tom and Gareth also spoke about the first single, ‘I Broke Up In Amarante’:
“In March 2016 I went to Melbourne to produce a record for a band called Ceres. We went super deep on the details and textures for their album, but it was the songs themselves that left me with a hunger to do something with a similar energy. I’d had the chorus sitting around for years, but it was only when I had the idea to use it as a major-key payoff to a minor verse that it made sense, and played over a loop of a distorted bowed saw, it all came together really quickly,” says Tom.
“The song’s about battling with bad mental health, trying to comfort and reason with yourself over something you can’t control. Specifically it’s about how my main coping mechanism was to keep myself constantly drunk in the blistering heat of Amarante while being failed by a largely terrible international football tournament,” Gareth offers.
To celebrate the album release, the band will undertake tours from Dec 2016 – May 2017 throughout the UK and North America,
SICK SCENES IS OUT 24 FEBRUARY 2017