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“Local indie folklore has it that Los Campesinos came together when singer Neil was in his first day of halls of residence at Cardiff University. He knocked on guitarist Gareth’s door, wearing a Sonic Youth t-shirt. Gareth was just pinning up his ‘Kill Yr Idols’ poster. And so, with this post punk kinship, began the […]

“Local indie folklore has it that Los Campesinos came together when singer Neil was in his first day of halls of residence at Cardiff University. He knocked on guitarist Gareth’s door, wearing a Sonic Youth t-shirt. Gareth was just pinning up his ‘Kill Yr Idols’ poster. And so, with this post punk kinship, began the creation of one of the most frenetic and quirky noiseniks to hit the Welsh student union.

Interrupting multi musical member Harriet during her supermarket weekly shop, she explains the concept behind new double A-side, ‘We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives/ Don’t Tell Me To Do The Math(s)’ – “”It’s a sweet trashy pop song with slightly dark undertones, about being at certain parties and seeing people wasted.””

The single’s video director Monkmus took the idea of ‘murder on the dancefloor’ into a global context with an animated video, set on the frontlines. Two soldiers look like they could either be dancing or stabbing one another. Only Los Campesinos could make lyrics about “blood like cherryade” seem twee.

Of the video Harriet continues, “”Monkmus read something into the song that wasn’t necessarily that obvious and made a dark subtext light, and vice versa.””

Los Campesinos are about to take the single on tour (during reading week! Gasp!), something which Harriet says the band relish. “”As there are seven of us in the band the live experience is completely different than in the studio. We are quite lucky still being at university as Wichita [the band’s new label] have made an effort for us not to be over-saturated. It means that when we do get on tour it’s a brilliant feeling.”

Signed last summer on the back of fevered Myspace fans, the band soon went on to sell out London dates without a single record release. It was this that attracted The Blood Brothers’ label to sign the band, and thrust out this new download and 7″” only release.

“We’re happy for it to be our introduction to the world,”” buzzes Harriet. So except your invite to the Los Campesinos party. Once there, the band will spike the punch and serenade you, whilst present scenesters throw daggers.

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