Los Campesinos! – Sick Scenes

With each new album, the mystery deepens: how do Welsh indie pop ensemble Los Campesinos! manage to avoid becoming absurdly, monstrously huge?

Perhaps it’s just a matter of timing; had they existed any time from the mid-eighties through to the end of the nineties they would have been revered as indie icons, up there with the likes of the Smiths & the Wedding Present.

As it stands, they continue to attract a loyal, hardcore following that have stuck by them since their debut album released back in 2008. Since forming, they have released a string of consistently brilliant albums of raucous indie pop.

Gareth David’s smart, witty lyrics complement the band’s glorious racket and surging sing-a-long choruses.Sick Scenes’ is the band’s sixth album and maintains the very high standards set by Hello Sadness (2011) and No Blues (2013).

Songs like ‘Flucloxacillin’, ‘For Whom the Belly Tolls’ and ‘I Broke Up in Amarante’ all shine on a record that carries an air of wistful longing for days gone by.
In many ways, Los Campesinos! are a throwback to the era of fanzines and 12” EPs, to a time when hanging around record shops on a Saturday afternoon & scouring the NME/Melody Maker for mentions of your favourite band was a big part of being a music fan.

They are stubbornly and beautifully out of time and we should love them all the more for that.

Guitar pop music at its very best.

(4 / 5)