->''"I cannot emphasize enough that my body is a badly designed, poorly put together vessel''
->''harbouring these diminishing, so-called "vital" organs''
->''hope my heart goes first''
->''I HOPE MY HEART GOES FIRST!"''
-->--'''Los Campesinos!,''' ''"We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed"''


Los Campesinos! are an indie pop band from Cardiff, UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} (although most of their members are from England).

The band consists of six members who play an array of instruments, all of whom have adopted the [[ThemeNaming shared last name "Campesinos"]]: Gareth (vocals, glockenspiel, songwriting), Tom (guitar), Neil (guitar), Kim (vocals, keyboards, flute), Rob (various instruments) and Jason (drums). The band initially included singer/keyboardist Aleksandra, but she left the band amicably in 2009 and was replaced by Gareth's sister Kim. Original drummer Ollie left in early 2010 and was replaced by Jason, the band's tour manager and - to an extent, [[TheSixthRanger Rob]] (who had been touring with the band as an additional musician for about a year). A third original band member, violinist and keyboardist Harriet, left the band in September 2011 to continue her studies. A fourth, bassist Ellen, left the band in December 2012 to focus on her writing career, among other projects.

Discography
* ''Sticking Fingers into Sockets'' EP (2007)
* ''Hold On Now, Youngster...'' (2008)
* ''We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed'' (2008)
* ''Romance is Boring'' (2010)
* ''All's Well That Ends'' EP (2010)
* ''Hello Sadness'' (2011)
* ''A Good Night for a Fist Fight'' live album (2013)
* ''No Blues'' (2013)
* ''A Los Campesinos! Christmas'' EP (2014)

!!Los Campesinos! provides examples of these tropes!
* ADateWithRosiePalms: In "Plan A", after becoming ''"the new King of Malta"'', the lead character gets his partner's face printed on the national currency. After seeing her picture, ''"the workforce retires to the bathroom"''.
** "The Time Before The Last Time" has: ''"The shower head moaned, and I looked down to the drain, sons and daughters washed away."''
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed'', ''Romance Is Boring'' and ''Hello Sadness'' all feature one within each album's [[TitleTrack title track]]. ''A Good Night For A Fist Fight's'' album title comes from the song ''By Your Hand'' and ''No Blues''' comes from the song ''As Lucerne/The Low''.
* AlmightyJanitor: Gareth works as a part-time groundskeeper of a local church's cemetery when the band isn't touring, a job which he told Pitchfork makes him "[[http://pitchfork.com/features/interviews/8753-los-campesinos/ incredibly happy]]" to do.
* AnimatedMusicVideo: Both of the videos for "We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives" and "You! Me! Dancing!" are animated with the same general animation style and seem to share the same continuity, with the ending shot of the former being the starting shot for the latter.
* ArcWords: "Doe eyes" is frequently mentioned in their songs.
** Eyes are a recurring theme in "Hello Sadness," and the phrase "sad eyes" appears in the last three song songs on the album: To Tundra ("We take on the burden of all these sad-eyed children, with lilies bunched in our hands"), Baby, I Got the Death Rattle ("One look in my sad eyes, she had to concede"), and Light Leaves, Dark Sees Pt. II ("But they request that I leave 'cause my sad eyes are too much to bear").
* BandOfRelatives: Type 1. Gareth and Kim Campesinos! are brother and sister.
* BreakupSong: ''Hello Sadness'' is a breakup ''album''.
* BringMeMyBrownPants: During the video for "You! Me! Dancing!," [[ItMakesSenseInContext when the]] {{Kaiju}} [[ItMakesSenseInContext appears, starts vaporizing the army and destroying the city]], the ground units promptly soil themselves.
* TheBusCameBack: Aleksandra appears on the band's 2013 live album ''A Good Night for a Fist Fight'', singing on "Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks". The album was recorded during Ellen's last show as a member of the band in December 2012, three and a half years after Aleks initially left the band.
* CallAndResponseSong: "The International Tweexcore Underground" is a back-and-forth between a [[IndiePop twee fan]] and a UsefulNotes/{{Punk}}, each one standing up for their respective cultures and harshly criticizing the other.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Gareth suddenly screams the last line of the page quote from "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed," as well as his line during the chorus of "Ways to Make it Through the Wall." It's especially noticeable during live performances to the point of near-incomprehensibility.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Averted, probably on purpose, with their cover of Heavenly's famed duet with Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening, "C Is the Heavenly Option". That is, Calvin Johnson's part is sung by the female Aleksandra, and Heavenly guitarist Amelia Fletcher's part is sung by the male Gareth.
** [[WordOfGod Gareth]] has said in an interview that it was mainly because he wanted to do Amelia's spoken/rapped breakdown
* CoverVersion: A favorite of the band for B-sides early in their career. Aside from the cover of Heavenly's "C is the Heavenly Option", they also recorded covers of "Frontwards" by {{Pavement}}, "Yr Boyfriend" by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, "The Eyebright Bugler" by Deerhoof and "Police Story" by BlackFlag.
* DarkerAndEdgier: While they still have quite a few poppier numbers on their more recent albums, they're far more noisier and lyrically dense than their earlier songs. Compare 2006's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqY_ZJKAupw It Started with a Mixx]]" to 2010's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-cWxcC5oRM This is a Flag, There is No Wind]]" to 2013's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irSOwulDsPE Cemetery Gaits]]".
* DrivenToSuicide: In the music video for "By Your Hand" and seemingly attempted in the video for "Avocado, Baby."
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: While Los Campesinos! has always circled around IndiePop, ''Sticking Fingers into Sockets'' and ''Hold on Now, Youngster...'' are far, ''far'' more along the lines of upbeat twee pop. Everything since has sounded far more mature and more emotional, if not occasionally noisy. This is an unusual case of this trope, given that their early poppier material is perhaps their best known work.
* EitherOrTitle: "A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; or, Letters from Me to Charlotte"
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: The first 1:42 of "You! Me! Dancing!", a gradually building wall of noise before the main riff hits. The sense of anticipation it gives off was used nicely (in abridged form) in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0kC0YvFwgo recent advertisment for Budweiser beer]]
* ExcitedShowTitle: Aside from the band's name, the song titles "You! Me! Dancing!" and "Death to Los Campesinos!"
* FadeOut: "Baby I Got The Death Rattle" has one.
* GasMaskMooks: A good chunk of the soldiers in the video for "We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives" are these, expendability and all.
* GenreShift: They had a poppier sound on ''Sticking Fingers into Sockets'' and ''Hold On Now, Youngster...'', but then band's music got darker and noisier on their next few albums. Early WordOfGod had it that ''Hello Sadness'' was to be a slight return to their early poppy sound, but instead it shifted the band into a less noisy and more mature sound.
* HiddenTrack: ''Hold On Now, Youngster...'' contains an unlisted track, the largely instrumental "2007: The Year Punk Broke (My Heart)" as its 12th song. The band claims its supposed to be an epilogue and not an actual song on the album, hence it being an unlisted, separate track and not hidden after the 11th song.
** On the vinyl release of the album, the song is included on a separate 10" disc.
* HopeSpringsEternal: A key lyric in the chorus of the TitleTrack for ''Hello Sadness''.
* InMediasRes: The name of the first song on ''Romance is Boring''. The first line of the song "...But let's talk about you for a minute" suggests that the song itself begins in medias res.
* InsistentTerminology: The band and their label claim ''We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed" isn't their second album. The band calls it an "EEP", an "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Extended Extended Play]]". Wikipedia calls it a "mini-album" instead.
* ListSong: "My Year In Lists" is a bit of a subversion, as the singer ''"declines"'' the request to compile a list.
* LiveAlbum: As listed above, ''A Good Night For A Fist Fight'' documents Ellen's last show with the band in November 2012.
* LongTitle: "This Is How You Spell 'HAHAHA, We Destroyed the Hopes and Dreams of a Generation of Faux-Romantics'". Yes, the whole title ''does'' appear in the lyrics.
** "Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1", certainly in terms of syllables.
* LyricalDissonance: The band's discography has always had somewhat macabre or depressingly contemplative lyrics that seem jarring when put next to their usually upbeat instrumentation. It's become slightly less prominent [[DarkerAndEdgier and more fitting with their recent tracks]], but pops up again every once in awhile. "Avocado, Baby" is a more recent example, revolving around emotional pain and deep existentialism, but it's just so gosh-darn happy-sounding!
* NonAppearingTitle: Quite a few. Among them are "Death to Los Campesinos!", "Plan A", "Who Fell Asleep In", "It's Never That Easy Though, Is It? (Song for [[KurtVonnegut the Other Kurt]])" and "Knee Deep At ATP"
** Astonishingly averted with "This Is How You Spell 'HAHAHA, We Destroyed the Hopes and Dreams of a Generation of Faux-Romantics'"
* OnceForYesTwiceForNo: The final lines of "Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks"
* TheOner: The music video for "Avocado, Baby."
* OtherCommonMusicVideoConcepts: "Death to Los Campesinos!" is one of the "In The Studio" ones...until the band starts being attacked (and killed) [[TastesLikeDiabetes by flowers, rainbows, kittens and ribbons]]. Its apparently the band's reaction to being pigeonholed and dismissed as a "twee band".
* ReligionRantSong: Type 2 on "We've Got Your Back (Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #2)"
* RockStarSong: The first verse of "Songs About Your Girlfriend" comes across as a tongue-in-cheek version of this, which according to Gareth, were slightly adapted from rapper T.I.'s hit single "What You Know" .
-->''"You do not like us 'cause your girlfriend likely does, and all her friends agree on her soft spot for me, I'll have my hard hands over her soft spots soon, you will see"''
* {{Scatting}}: "Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats" briefly features some in the second verse.
* SelfDeprecation: lots of it in various lyrics (see the page quote for one example), but it also comes to the fore during Gareth's between-song stage banter on ''AGNFAFF''
** ''"We're all uglier and - a couple of us - substantially fatter than we were back then"''
** ''"This was a single, which means either it was a really popular song, or we released the wrong song as a single. I think we all know which we're more likely to do."''
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: Invoked - The bridge of "Romance is Boring" provides one of the trope's page quotes.
* SillyLoveSongs: While the band tend to shy away from these sort of songs, "Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time" is acknowledged specifically on ''A Good Night For A Fistfight'' as being "the first proper, genuine, love song we ever wrote".
-->''"I don't want to sound trite, but you are perfect"''
* SitcomArchNemesis: Gareth's dislike of folk punk singer/songwriter Music/FrankTurner often takes a turn into this direction.
* ShoutOut: The "bake phallic cake" line from the song "Romance Is Boring" is a reference to "I Love You (But You're Boring)" by Gareth Campesinos!'s all-time favourite band, Music/TheBeautifulSouth.
** In 2013, the band started selling t-shirts with the slogan "You! Me! [[TedDanson Danson!]]"
** The ending lyric to "Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time," "some things are best left unsaid" is a reference to “Love Connection” by Music/ParentheticalGirls.
** From "Every Defeat a Divorce (Three Lions)", the line "But how could I ever refuse / I feel like I lose when I lose" is almost identical to the line from [[Music/{{ABBA}} ABBA's]] "Waterloo," "And how could I ever refuse / I feel like I ''win'' when I lose."
* StageNames: The shared "Campesinos" surname.
* StopAndGo: "Death To Los Campesinos!" features one, which is often left hanging for as long as possible when played live.
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''Romance Is Boring''
* TheSixthRanger: Rob. He started out as their opening act with his solo project Sparky Deathcap in 2008 and slowly worked his way to being an official member by 2010.
* SpokenWordInMusic: Quite a few songs (particularly from earlier albums) have spoken sections.
** "You! Me! Dancing!" has a spoken word outro.
** "This Is How You Spell 'HAHAHA, We Destroyed The Hopes And Dreams Of A Generation of Faux-Romantics' has a spoken middle section.
** "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed" has a couple.
** Rob's ''"Graceful, gracious companion"'' part from "By Your Hand" could also count.
* StealingFromTheTill: The chorus of "Death to Los Campesinos!"
-->''"If you catch me with my hands in the till, I promise, sugar I wasn't trying to steal..."''
* ThemeNaming: The shared "Campesinos" surname.
* UnpluggedVersion: in 2010 the band released the ''All's Well That Ends'' EP, containing acoustic versions of songs from ''Romance Is Boring''.
* VocalEvolution: Gareth's voice has gotten noticeably deeper as time has went on. Compare the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTbj0Wyx12Q original recording of "We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives"]] to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P28TO9FBNN4 a more recent live version.]]
* VocalTagTeam: Gareth and Aleks, particularly on "Death to Los Campesinos!", "Drop It Doe Eyes", "My Year In Lists", "The End of the Asterisk", and "Documented Emotional Breakdown #2 (We've Got Your Back)".
** After Aleks' departure, Kim took up the role on the older songs, as well as singing the chorus on "The Black Bird, The Dark Slope"
* YourCheatingHeart: "Knee Deep At ATP," which Gareth calls [[SarcasmMode the feel-good hit from the summer of 2006,]] is about the narrator discovering that his new girlfriend he met at a music festival was already seeing somebody else who she never mentioned. [[WriteWhatYouKnow According to Gareth, this was from an actual experience of his.]]
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