£18.99 – Heavyweight 180g LP
We, the band Los Campesinos!, today announce our new album Sick Scenes, to be released worldwide via Wichita Recordings on February 24th, 2017. It is our great pleasure that to celebrate the release of our 6th album we will also be undertaking a three week tour of North America, including our first West Coast shows in over five years.
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 a release of pent-up aggression, a document of both personal and societal malaise. But it’s also a celebration of just getting to be a band again, 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.”
On the writing of the follow up to the band’s 2013 album NO BLUES, lead guitarist Tom said: “This was the longest the band had gone without releasing any music. That was for a whole bunch of reasons, but I also deliberately tried to resist putting ideas together for as long as possible so I could feel excited about writing again. I was touring with Perfume Genius in 2015 and I think a combination of long van rides listening to music with too much time to (over)think, as well as getting to play guitar on PG’s beautiful and weird, affecting songs every night got me all excited about working on ideas again. So halfway through the tour we had a fortnight off in Seattle where I put together all the ideas I’d been collecting and started the process of a new album.”