Friday, February 01, 2008

Los Campesinos! - Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats

This April, Canadian indie label Arts & Crafts will release the first full-length album from Welsh rockers Los Campesinos!. It may seem only appropriate considering that the band are being hyped as "the next Broken Social Scene", but I think those comparisons are more due to the large number of contributors in both bands and the fact that they toured with BSS in the summer of 2006. It's true, they do capture some of the same early 90's indie rock vibe, but Los Campesinos! remind me more of BSS labelmates Stars with some Pixies savagery threatening to break through. Either way, this is one band to keep your eye on in 2008, and Hold On Now, Youngster... is a thoroughly enjoyable listen from beginning to end. ("C is the Heavenly Option" is a Heavenly cover, and a b-side of The International Tweexcore Underground EP.)

» Bonus Track: 2007, The Year Punk Broke (My Heart)
» Bonus Track: C is the Heavenly Option
» Pre-order it on Amazon

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