Sixth album 'Sick Scenes' is due in February

Los Campesinos! have announced their sixth album ‘Sick Scenes’, sharing new single ‘I Broke Up In Amarante’.

Los Campesinos! originally formed while at university in Cardiff a decade ago, releasing albums ‘Hold on Now, Youngster…’ and ‘We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed’ in 2008; ‘Romance is Boring’ in 2010; ‘Hello Sadness’ in 2011 and ‘No Blues’ in 2013.

‘Sick Scenes’ is due for release on February 24th via Wichita. It will feature eleven new songs. You can hear first single ‘I Broke Up In Amarante’ below.

I Broke Up in Amarante

I Broke Up in Amarante, a song by Los Campesinos! on Spotify

Speaking to DIY, frontman Gareth Paisey said the single is about “battling with bad mental health, trying to comfort and reason with yourself over something you can’t control.”

“Specifically it’s about how my main coping mechanism was to keep myself constantly drunk in the blistering heat of Amarante while being failed by a largely terrible international football tournament,” he continued.

The band further explain that the album “exists as an expression of the pent-up aggression we felt due to being inactive for so long, but it’s also a celebration of just getting to be a band, of getting to play music with our friends.”

“Thematically the record is concerned with fumbling for personal relevance while trying to be a better person. Repressing anxiety and attempting to function while constantly maintaining the perfect two beer buzz. It is set upon a backdrop of non-league football, prescribed medication and crumbling home towns. These truly are the Sickest Scenes.”