Who: Seven peppy school pals based in Wales, U.K., who adopted the surname Campesinos! and expanded their ranks until they could afford a rehearsal space.
Sounds Like: Bouncy, noisy pop jams with boy/girl vocals, noodly riffs and a Go! Team-style upbeat party vibe.
Three Things You Should Know:
1. There were backwards messages imbedded in the outro of the original demo of “You! Me! Dancing!” They were not, however, satanic.
2. The band is named after an old Spanish term for peasants, however its members are neither Spanish nor peasants.
3. When they got word they’d nailed down a record deal and a spot opening up for Broken Social Scene during the summer of 2006, six bandmembers partied while the seventh, drummer Oliver, was unreachable as he was off counting bugs in Greenland.
Get It: Los Campesinos!’s debut EP, Sticking Fingers Into Sockets, came out July 3 on Arts & Crafts. A full-length is expected sometime in 2008. And check out “Don’t Tell Me to Do the Math(s)” right here.