Los Campesinos! announce new album, share “I Broke Up in Amarante” — listen

Plus, the UK outfit will tour North America and Europe next year

On February 24th, Los Campesinos! will return with Sick Scenes, their first album in over three years. The 11-track collection will be released via Wichita Recordings and features production from guitarist Tom Bromley and longtime collaborator John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie).

According to a press statement, the follow-up to 2013’s No Blues represents “an expression of the pent-up aggression we [the band] 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.” It was recorded in Fridao, Portugal during Euro 2016.

As a preview, the UK indie pop outfit has shared the frenetic, pop-punk-leaning lead single “I Broke Up in Amarante” today. Frontman Gareth Campesinos! told Pitchfork that the song was about “battling with bad mental health, trying to comfort and reason with yourself over something you can’t control.”

He added, “Specifically it’s about how my main coping mechanism was to keep myself constantly drunk in the blistering heat of Amarante while being failed by a largely terrible international football tournament.” Listen below.

In support of of the new album, Los Campesinos have lined up a lengthy tour across both North America and Europe. Find the dates below the artwork and tracklist.

Sick Scenes Artwork:


Sick Scenes Tracklist:
01. Renato Dall’Ara (2008)
02. Sad Suppers
03. I Broke Up in Amarante
04. A Slow, Slow Death
05. The Fall of Home
06. 5 Flucloxacillin
07. Here’s to the Fourth Time!
08. For Whom the Belly Tolls
09. Got Stendhal’s
10. A Litany/Heart Swells
11. Hung Empty

Los Campesinos! 2016-2017 Tour Dates:
12/03 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb for Bach
12/04 – Leeds, UK @ Brudnell Social Club
12/05 – London, UK @ UK Moth Club
02/20 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre
02/21 – Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial
02/22 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
02/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
03/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
03/02 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
03/03 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
03/04 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
03/05 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
03/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
03/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
03/09 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
03/11 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
04/27 – Liverpool, UK @ Arts Centre
04/28 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
04/29 – Sheffield, UK @ Queens Social Club
04/30 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
05/01 – London, UK @ Koko
05/05 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
05/06 – Norwich, UK @ Arts Centre
05/07 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds


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