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You! Me! Los Campesinos!

words by Janine Trinidad
photos by Sarah Wilmer


Los Campesinos! in Soundcheck Magazine photo by Sarah Wilmer
While watching the videos for Los Campesinos! singles “We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives” and “You! Me! Dancing!”, one notices that each seems like a School House Rock episode in a post-apocalyptic world. The bizarre vision is complete with humanoid aliens, sky scraper-eating monsters, and a robotic populous that destroys itself in explosive showers of neon blue and electric yellow (only to rebuild bigger, more futuristic, and ever-more colorful civilizations that, in turn, destroy themselves.) These cartoons might be gloomy if they weren’t animated in day-glo with effervescent indie pop as a soundtrack, but this juxtaposition between grim reality and dizzying cheerfulness is at the core of everything Los Campesinos!.


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