On Monday, May 10, 2010 Los Campesinos! came to Pomona, California’s Glasshouse and did not disappoint the ravaging fans. For those of you not familiar with Los Campesinos! they are a Indie Pop band with a punk influence. They are an extremely fun band to listen to and even better to experience live.
The show only had one opening band that set the mood for the night… Signals, a band from Los Angeles, that brought an indie electric punk sound to the stage. They are a three piece band with a drummer a guitarist leading with spastic vocalist. Along with the two live instruments, they had music samples that were plugged into the venue’s sound system. Unfortunately the sound system had overpowered the rest of the band and their instruments, making the performance not fully shine to its full potential. They left the audience with a good attitude to await Los Campesinos!
About 40 minutes passed and the time finally came, Los Campesinos! made their way on stage. The band opened up with a new track from their latest album Romance is Boring, followed by additional classic songs from their first full length album. Only a few songs into their set, a generous audience member threw a bra at them on stage. This was a very humorous act for the audience, and I’m sure making the band crack up on stage was well worth the act. The band was a very good sport about the whole thing, especially since this continued a few more times, with another bra and some panties (that were eventually worn by guitarist Neil.) If they weren’t putting up with their audience enough, they were kind enough to take a request from an audience member shouting out. Gareth, their vocalist said “we will mix up the set […] not play the same set like robots from Saturday’s show.”
Their show somehow managed to keep a steady rising amount of energy, not letting themselves or the audience die down. Of course the whole crowd was moving when they built up to one of their more favored singles, “You, Me, Dancing.” When closing the show, they played “Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks.” A t that moment Gareth jumped into the audience and got nice and personal with his fans. Of course the audience demanded an encore, even though the place wasn’t at maximum capacity for a Monday night, it seemed as if it was.
Ollie, their drummer takes a seat and begins drumming, the crowd goes absolutely wild. The rest of the band came back trying to wear the undergarments that were previously received; however, they couldn’t get those tricky bra clips on. The band ended up bringing all of their equipment past the barricade and into the audience. The swarm of people split and made way for Los Campesinos! Who go into shouting “ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, ONE, TWO, THREE FOUR, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR!” Indicating that they are playing another fan favorite, “Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats.” Of course everyone goes crazy and attempts to get as close as they can to any band member. The song concludes and Los Campesinos! makes their way back stage, leaving us with piercing feedback provided by guitarist, Tom.
Overall, I had a good time at the show. Los Campesinos! has a lot of energy which is presented in both, their music and their onstage persona’s. You can genuinely observe that each of these musicians have fun doing what they do, making it that much more fun to see live.
Article & Photos by, Sammy Quezada