“[Depression] is something I’m comfortable with now... the best thing for my mental health has been Pokemon Go.”
Los Campesinos singer Gareth David
It’s been ten years since Los Campesinos! exploded on to the
’s indie scene. UK
Sick Scenes is the band’s sixth album (released April 2017).
They approach, images of ageing, mental breakdowns and family funerals, but all these, with their trademark British humour.
Parent pick up from off the train
Empty high street in pouring rain
Funeral for a family pup
Teenage pubs all boarded up
Left your home town, for somewhere new
Don't be surprised now it's leaving you
Another weekday night alone
The rise of rent, the fall of Home
Budget cut at your primary school
Another family friend fell sick
Gave the fascists a thousand ticks
This is an elegy to the home towns left behind. It’s about the villages too stifling to ever allow you or itself to flourish. About those who left to protect their mental health or to be the best version of themselves. To those who moved to the city and return “home” for Christmas and funerals, feeling like a tourist. For the lonely people in rented house shares with no idea what they’re doing. And it’s for those who didn’t want to or couldn’t leave, and are still hanging in there.
The lyrics for this song were written at on
the 24th June, 2016.
With thanks to Jherek Bischoff for playing violin on the track, and Aniela Marie Perry for cello.
Los Campesinos! are on tour through the
and United Kingdom North America in 2017.
LIVERPOOL, Arts Centre (14+)
, Stereo (14+) GLASGOW
SHEFFIELD, Queens Social Club (14+)
, The NEWCASTLE (14+) Cluny
, KOKO (14+) LONDON
BRIGHTON, The Haunt (14+)
, Arts Centre (14+) NORWICH