NOTE: We’re gonna start bylining concert reviews because duh.
This is a good time to see Los Campesinos!, 2007’s best newcomers, they who bested vets in quality songs over the spare minutes of an EP and a three-track single alone. At least, it’s a good time to see the Welshboys and girls (ranging somewhere in the 20-22 year old range) in the States, that time where they’ve got momentum and confidence and popularity (Bowery was nearly full — reminder, these kids don’t even have a full-length out yet) and more humility than they can contain (“flattered” and “amazed” to come across the Atlantic to this room, and this many people). The Ballroom was just their third show in NYC, and already there’s signs of stage-life approaching the perfect mix between pretension and pop struck on their records; if Lolla’s Campesinos! set saw their cheer! sand down the rough edges, Friday night had the stage-spanning septet let a little of the craft do the shouting. Not too much, mind — it’s still all infectious enthusiasm and smiled witticisms and jaggedly excited changes over guitar-gazing precision — but enough to notice.
There are bloggeriffic elements in abundance (many members and shouts, glockenspiels and strings, and yes the exclamation points), but they’re pulling from a less accelerated, more treasured time in North American indie rock, as much as they are BSS (see: produced by Dave Newfeld) or any other. The Campesinos! are well listened and they’re young enough to wear it loud, from well chosen covers to cracking wise about Ian MacKaye. As for others’ music, we didn’t get their cover of Black Flag’s “Police Story” (for that we’ll just have to wait ’til tonight Dirty Projectors show), but we did get their take on Pavement’s “Frontwards.” So much style that it’s wasted…
Sticking Fingers Into Sockets and “The International Tweexcore Underground” made ‘em our rookies of the year. Look out for a full length Hold On Now, Youngster… in ’08 via Arts & Crafts. Until then, sate your Los desires with pics and a couple few videos after the jump.
“The International Tweexcore Underground”
“You! Me! Dancing!”
“We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives”