Single Review: Los Campesinos! – 5 Flucloxaillin

On the 16th of January, UK indie heroes Los Campesinos! released the second single, “5 Flucloxaillin”, from their up-coming full length album, Sick Scenes.

Because Sick Scenes isn’t due out until the 24th of February, all I’ve had to go on since their last record, No Blues, is the two singles thus far released for the new album. So, when the first single, “I Broke Up In Amarante”, was released back in late 2016, the expectation was high; this was to be the first music from the indie veterans for over 3 years. However, the single did not excite how many had hoped. Its forgettable lyrics, as well as overly treble heavy and empty production, rendered it disappointing. Perhaps expectation was simply too high. “I Broke Up In Amarante” is not a terrible song by any stretch of the imagination, but will surely be relegated to filler on Sick Scenes. Despite this, I stayed hopefully for the next single release…

… and oh how Los Camp have delivered! “5 Flucloxaillin” picks ups where exactly No Blues left off. The single is indie-pop at its pinnacle. Improved production is immediately noticeable; the mix is full and sonically rich with piano, both acoustic and electric guitar, as well as a driving bass and drums combo. The vocals are built up in the classic Los Campesinos! style, with Gareth’s emotive and energetic story telling backed up by beautiful harmonies. The lyrical content of self-medication is hard-hitting, yet uplifting and hopeful in the tired and tested Los Campesinos! formula: “They say if they had got the victory/ Well I guess we’ll never know!” This a song that I’m going to be dancing to all year, and one that has absolutely renewed my excitement for “Sick Scenes”. Roll on February the 24th, and roll on the UK tour!

“5 Flucloxaillin” is currently streaming on Sterogum.

Sick Scenes will be released on the 24th of February on Wichita Records.

UK dates 2017:

27/4 – Liverpool, Arts Centre

28/4 – Glasgow, Stereo

29/4 – Sheffield, Queens Social Club

30/4 – Newcastle, The Cluny

1/5 – London, KOKO

5/5 – Brighton, The Haunt

6/5 – Norwich, Arts Centre

7/5- Birmingham, Hare & Hounds

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Nick Stewart

Nick Stewart

Radio Presenter and Producer at URF and 1BrightonFM. Studying at the University of Sussex. Bassist of Better Weather. Long time lover of everything DIY <3

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