The gang plays pool—poorly, for the most part. Maybe the drinking happened first.
Said by the band to be both “The easiest video The Delgados ever made” and “Probably the happiest video they ever made.” It was filmed in Glasgow’s Nice n Sleazy; the song briefly found fame on The O.C.
An oddity for the Scottish quartet, as this video contains none of the band members (except, maybe, for a short clip of them playing on a TV near the end?). Vanity makes way for artistry? Perhaps just the first time they could afford actors.
It appears as if our protagonists are working about as hard as the rest of us. Only on a Friday, could we play a video about getting up early, commuting, and sitting at a desk, without angering viewers.
“Coming In From The Cold” comes from the 2002 album Hate.
For those drunk and lost in your own city kinda nights. Tip: wandering into strobe-lit warehouse dance clubs probably isn’t the best idea.
“Everything Goes Around The Water” comes from The Delgados’ 1998 album, Peloton, and is renowned (the video) for its lengthy, uncomfortable zoom-in to bass player Stewart Henderson’s face.
Focusing on Gareth Campesinos! and his dour songwriting is a lax endeavor. Sure, he’s the guy who’s perpetually “snookered ’tween the back cushion and touching the eight-ball,” but that’s no novel appraisal. As far back as “You! Me! Dancing!” he’d decided that “every single one of us is twisted by design.”
People are paying undue attention to his self-flagellation these days because he’s finally stopped burying it in a tangle of complicated verbiage. Don’t worry; Gareth still spits out plenty of big words on Hello Sadness—if anything, he’s gotten considerably more skilled at folding obtuse metaphors into one another—but he isn’t hiding behind them as much as he used to.
As a result, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that there’s some clear sonic maturation here. 2010’s Romance Is Boring took itself too seriously and aimed for an eclecticism that was more than a little outside the Cardiff band’s reach. They haven’t unburdened themselves of their xylophones, gang vocals, handclaps or tinker toy percussions on Hello Sadness, but they’ve learned how to incorporate it all into something steadier. They’ve never sounded better than on “The Black Bird, The Dark Slope”—a blistering back-and-forth that confirms my assertions of five years ago (on reviewing their Sticking Fingers Into Sockets Arts & Crafts debut) that at their core, Los Campesinos! are channeling Domestiques-era Delgados (granted, it’s hard to ignore the amount of Robert Smith that Gareth brings to the table).
Don’t judge this one based on lead single “By Your Hand;” turns out it’s the least accomplished creation here, though you have to admit, it’s catchy fodder. Hello Sadness should eventually emerge as Los Campesinos! (how do you put an apostrophe on the end of that?) best stand-alone collection. Check out the title track below.