Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Los Campesinos!

Has there ever, in the entire history of music, been an occasion when a band's set was delayed because of a problem with the sound levels on their xylophones? Assuming the answer to be 'no', Los Campesinos! made history before they even started.

When they do start, things are pretty ramshackle. 'Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats' is all over the place and 'Don't Tell Me To Do The Math(s)' is scarcely better. After that, though, they settle down to turn in a storming performance. Gareth prowls the stage during 'Death to Los Campesinos!', which is no mean feat given that it is barely big enough for the seven of them. Sensibly, they keep the crowd onside by only playing one track from their mooted new album, 'We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed' whilst 'International Tweexcore Underground' gets a rare outing. They close with a typically raucous and exhausting 'Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks' and everyone goes home tired and happy.

Cheese says: Oh yes! I had such a great time dancing and shaking my buggy to this lot.


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