Los Campesinos! from Cardiff, UK rocked the Union Transfer in Philly on November 18th playing to a huge crowd of fans. An exuberant live performance was displayed performing tracks new and old. Consisting of Ellen Campesinos!, Gareth Campesinos!, Neil Campesinos!, Tom Campesinos!, Kim Campesinos!, Rob ‘Sparky Deathcap’ Campesinos!, and Jason Campesinos! on this night they also had a guest trumpeter. Gareth talked to the crowd a fair amount making jokes about the mosh pit and how participants never get laid after the show and about their tour assistant whom he likened to a butler in the nicest verbiage possible. Besides crowd talk, Gareth delivered the tracks with flair and gusto complementing the diverse sound (definitely not to be classified as twee) coming from the multitude of musicians that comprise the band. The audience paid it forward singing and clapping along with songs and made a rudimentary go at crowd surfing. If you like Los Campesinos!, this really was an excellent show.
The band formed back in 2006 in Cardiff, Wales while at University. Within a few months of forming, they were already touring as the opener for Broken Social Scene. Since then, the band has released 3 LPs and 2 EPs. While the word campesino in Spanish translates to “peasant” or “country person,” Los Campesinos! have certainly shed their peasant skin with hugely popular tracks featured in ads and other mass media.
We captured a lot of video from the night so as not to miss anything. Inevitably, we did miss some but want to leave you with the 9 videos we took. Enjoy: