Photos and interview by Derek Evers
Video feature by Maia Stern
When we heard Los Campesinos! was hitting the States in support of We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, we got giddy with excitement. After all, their debut LP was our pick for the fourth best record of 2008. With their joyful demeanor and English beer drinking abilities in tow, The Cardiff, Wales septet proved to be the perfect band to take bowling.
After bringing nearly 40 people with us the last time out, only having to bring six (violinist Harriet was absent for the first half of their tour) people was a more organized change of pace for us. While we all bowled, the band chatted with us about the current music coming out of the UK, their polyamorous relationships, ex-girlfriends and mud-wrestling, among other things.
Like their happy music with lyrics that offer more insight than artists twice their age -- let alone straight out of college -- our conversation was one of the easiest interviews we've encountered. To use the word charming would be an understatement, as each member took turns giving us funny anecdotes and insight into the world of Los Campesinos!, while we set the bar for all interviews to come (their words, not ours). You can see still photos from our excursion at The Gutter below the video feature.
Bowling With The Band - Los Campesinos!