Los Campesinos!: ‘There’s no point in bands like us releasing singles’

Gareth Paisey speaks as his band give away free download 'Tiptoe Through The True Bits'

Los Campesinos! have announced that they will be giving away a brand new track titled ‘Tiptoe Through The True Bits’ as a free download.

The track, which was recorded at the same time as the band’s fourth album ‘Hello Sadness’, is available to be downloaded free from the band’s official website Loscampesinos.com.

Speaking to NME about the track, singer Gareth Paisey said: “We all agreed it was one of our favourite tracks, but also that it didn’t fit the album at all. There was nowhere we could put it within the tracklisting where the album didn’t sound better with it not being there.”


He continued: “We wanted to make a much shorter album, this record has 10 tracks rather than the 15 of our previous album. It also means we can release this and remind people about the album when they’ve probably forgotten about it.”

Paisey also said that he didn’t think there was any point in a band of Los Campesinos!’ stature releasing singles any more.

Asked why they’d given it away for free, he replied: “There’s no point in bands like us releasing singles. Nobody buys singles from bands like us any more. We thought about doing something for Record Store Day, but it’s such a whirlwind of releases and it’s easy to get lost. We’ve always given things away and I think people appreciate it. We could have put it up on iTunes, but we’d never have seen any money from it.”

Paisey also said that the band would be returning to work on the follow-up to ‘Hello Sadness’ in early 2013, adding: “We try to take as little time between albums as possible. If we’re not recording or touring then we’ll have to get proper jobs. There’s no reason to take a couple of years between albums.”

Los Campesinos! will play this summer’s Latitude and Reading and Leeds Festivals. You can watch the video for the band’s previous single ‘By Your Hand’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.