Los Campesinos! Announce New Album, Sick Scenes, Announce Tour

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By Hollister Dixon

Los Campesinos!, the best band in Wales (yes, the best, sorry Super Furry Animals) got somewhat quiet in the wake of their fifth album, No Blues. After rumblings of new recordings, this is set to change with their newly-announced 6th LP, entitled Sick Scenes. On the album, frontman Gareth Campesinos! had this to say:

We recorded the album, co-produced by 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 we felt due to being inactive for so long, but it’s also a celebration of just getting to be a band, of getting to play music with our 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 hometowns. These truly are the Sickest Scenes.

The album will be released on February 24th, 2017 worldwide courtesy of the always-lovely Wichita Records, and it’s available for pre-order right here. On top of that, they’ve released the first taste of the album with “I Broke Up In Amarante”, a song which hearkens back to their pop-punk infused roots. They’ve also announced a three-week North American tour, which will include (as Gareth Campesinos! points out, and as this writer is more than aware of) their first west coast dates in five years – This will include a date at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge, if you, dear reader, are interested in seeing your writer in a state of joyful apoplexy. Tickets for all of these shows will go onsale at 9pm local time on Friday, November 11th. All North American dates will feature support from New York chiptune rockers Crying.

After the jump, you can have a listen to “I Broke Up In Amarante”, gander at the tracklist, and check out when they’ll be stopping by your town.

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Sick Scenes:

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! Tour Dates:

12-03 Cardiff, Wales – Clwb for Bach
12-04 Leeds, England  – Us vs Them – Brudnell Social Club
12-05 London, England – UK Moth Club
02-20 Seattle, WA – The Neptune Theatre *
02-21 Vancouver, British Columbia – The Imperial *
02-22 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge *
02-25 Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom *
03-01 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
03-02 Chicago, IL – Metro *
03-03 Detroit, MI – El Club *
03-04 Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop *
03-05 Toronto, Ontario – Velvet Underground *
03-06 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater *
03-08 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts *
03-09 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
03-10 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw *
03-11 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club *
04-27 Liverpool, England – Arts Centre
04-28 Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo
04-29 Sheffield, England – Queens Social Club
04-30 Newcastle, England – The Cluny
05-01 London, England – Koko
05-05 Brighton, England – The Haunt
05-06 Norwich, England – Arts Centre
05-07 Birmingham, England – Hare & Hounds

* with Crying

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