Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness

Earlier this morning, Welsh indie rock standouts Los Campesinos! unveiled the first track from their upcoming fourth LP, Hello Sadness. “By Your Hand” is an uptempo singalong drizzled in the usual instrumentation we expect from the collective that’s also drenched in heart-on-sleeve emotionalism. Sure, it’s not exactly a new page of the playbook, but it works!

Hello Sadness is out 11/14 via Wichita.

Comments (11)
  1. Los moreofthesame

  2. You know, it might be more of the same, but I’m not expecting them to revolutionize the genre at this point. It’s a nice little track and makes me excited to hear the rest of the album.

  3. Hey they also made a video for the song and announced UK and US tour dates!
    7 November – London, Kings College
    8 November – Brighton, The Haunt
    9 November – Cardiff, The Globe (16+)
    10 November – Glasgow, Oran Mor
    11 November – Leeds, The Cockpit
    16 November – New York (NY), Bowery Ballroom (18+)
    17 November – Brooklyn (NY), Music Hall Of Williamsburg (18+)
    18 November – Philadelphia (PA), Union Transfer (16+)
    19 November – Washington DC, Black Cat (16+)
    24 November – Tokyo, Unit Daikanyama

  4. ddogdunit  |   Posted on Sep 8th, 2011 -2

    yeesh…not too good. oh well.

  5. Thank you for posting this! Common misconception: while four of Los Campesinos!’s seven members attended Cardiff University, none of the band is actually Welsh. They are all English.

  6. I actually think this song is more than just ‘more of the same.’ I guess it seems similar because there are group vocals in the chorus, but overall it sounds much more layered than their previous stuff. The scale seems much grander (especially starting around the 2:30 mark). I’m even more excited for the record after hearing this.

    • Also, just in general, Los Campesinos!’ music has changed quite a bit between their first EP in 2007 and this current song. I think it’s weird to say that it hasn’t. The vibe is way different.

    • I completely agree. This has elements of their previous stuff, obviously Garreth’s vocals won’t change much. I’m really excited for the new album, i loved the transition from WABWAD to Romance is Boring.

  7. This song only gets better with repeat listens. I think anyone who only wants the same LC! that brought them “You! Me! Dancing!” is being extremely unfair to the band. Even on their first album, songs like “Knee Deep At ATP” were indicators that the band was more interested in exploring darker territory, and both WABWAD and Romance Is Boring succeeded because they channeled misery into full on catharsis. While this song may follow the kind of lyrical and music motifs that the band has made their stock and trade, albeit on a bit bigger scale, few bands are as good at this kind of music. Gareth is still one of the most gifted and unique lyricists in the indie scene, and the band has only continued to mature musically, notions that are both more than present in this song. I can’t wait to get my hands on “Hello Sadness.”

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