English rockers Los Campesinos! return with a new single, 'By Your Hand'. It is the first single to be taken from their fourth studio album, 'Hello Sadness', which will be released through Wichita Recordings in November 2011.
The original looking video was directed by Cyrus Mirza & Nicolas Botth. Shot in split screen with dash of stop motion animation, we see the band playing their respective instruments to camera alongside visual puns and lead singer Gareth asphyxiating himself. The end result is cheery but ultimately unsettling, in keeping with the tone and theme of the song.
Although the members of Los Campesinos! are English, they all met at Cardiff University in Wales in 2006. The seven piece band grew slowly, starting with Ellen (bass) and Neil (guitar), followed by Tom (lead guitar) and Gareth (vocalist) in 2006; several lineups later, Rob 'Sparky Deathcap' (percussion; keyboard; glockenspiel; additional guitars)and Gareth's sister Kim (keyboards; vocalist) joined in 2009, with their road manager Jason (drums) completing the lineup in 2010.
Los Campesinos! have announced a tour of the UK and the US in November, with an additional date in Tokyo, Japan; the full dates are as follows:
7 // LONDON, Kings College
8 // BRIGHTON, The Haunt
9 // CARDIFF, The Globe (16+)
10 // GLASGOW, Oran Mor
11 // LEEDS, The Cockpit
16 // NEW YORK, Bowery Ballroom
17 // BROOKLYN, Music Hall Of Williamsburg
18 // PHILADELPHIA, Union Transfer
19 // WASHINGTON DC, Black Cat
24 // TOKYO ,Unit Daikanyama
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