Hot on the heels of the announcement of their new album Hello Sadness last week, Los Campesinos! have today unveiled the first track from it. And it’s literally the first track as well – ‘By Your Hand’ will kick off the record when it’s released in November, but you can watch the video for it right here, right now. Even better, you can get your hands on a free download of the track by heading over to the band’s blog.
‘By Your Hand’ is a surprisingly restrained return for the band – bouncing along on a pair of cheery synth lines, it provides a poppier take on some of the more mellow tracks from previous record Romance Is Boring. Of course, Gareth’s lyrics are still as brutally honest and emotional as ever, setting out the record’s theme of loss and heartbreak by painting a picture of a relationship that’s nearing its end – “I’m not sure if it’s love anymore/but I’ve been thinking of you fondly for sure.” The album itself is released on the 14th November, and you can get it directly from the band’s website here. They’re offering some pretty sweet pre-order bundles with t-shirts, DVDs, demos and the like, with discounts available to subscribers of the band’s Heat Rash fanzine.
Also coming up in November are new live dates in the UK and the US (well, the east coast at least), as well as a show in Japan. Full details of those below – to book tickets, head over to this page.
- November 7th – King’s College, London
- November 8th – The Haunt, Brighton
- November 9th – The Globe, Cardiff
- November 10th – Oran Mor, Glasgow
- November 11th – The Cockpit – Leeds
- November 16th – Bowery Ballroom, New York
- November 17th – Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn
- November 18th – Union Transfer, Philadelphia
- November 19th – Black Cat, Washington DC
- November 24th – Unit Daikanyama, Toyko
With Hello Sadness and the new Johnny Foreigner album coming out within the space of two weeks, November’s shaping up to be a pretty awesome month. Personally, I can’t wait.
Hello Sadness is released on Wichita Recordings on 14th November.