Label: Wichita Recordings
Release Date: 24/02/2017
After a break of nearly four years punctuated by a handful of shows and a 2014 Christmas EP, Cardiff’s Los Campesinos! are back.
Sick Scenes is the sixth studio album from Los Campesinos! who rose to indie fame in 2008 with their debut record, Hold on Now, Youngster. Referencing the almost-four year-wait for this record, the band claim, “The album exists as an expression of the pent-up aggression we felt due to being inactive for so long, but it’s also a celebration of just getting to be a band, of getting to play music with our friends”.
Sick Scenes sees the band come full circle back to the original sound of their debut. With fun, energetic songs ideal to get pissed to, Sick Scenes is the album that embodies the original Los Campesinos! sound- but misses the bubbling, youthful wow factor we encountered Hold On Now, Youngster.
The stand out track on the album is, ‘I Broke Up With Amarante’. In a press release, vocalist Gareth David states, “The song’s about battling with bad mental health, trying to comfort and reason with yourself over something you can’t control.”. The lyrics echo that intended message¸ with lines such as “(It seems unfair) to try your best but feel the worst” accompanied by angst-riddled guitar.
Despite capturing the individual, original Los Campesinos! sound we all fell in love with in 2008, something here just isn’t quite the same. Nothing will compare to their debut- but Sick Scenes is a solid, worthy effort.
Words by Jasmine Hodge @ObviouslyitsJaz