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"Los Campesinos! are a seven piece indie pop band from Cardiff, Wales. They blend a mixture of genres, including indie, pop, rock, and dance. The band came together at university in 2006, and released four songs available for free on the Internet. These four songs make up of their debut EP, 'Hold On Now Youngster', which seems to be only available on the Internet, and a tangible version has not yet been found. These songs received a lot of interest from the public and various radio stations, which led to them having a recording session with the BBC, where they recorded two songs from the EP, a brand new song, and a cover of 'Frontwards', originally by Pavement."

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Bandega Interview with Ellen of Los Campesinos! (February 2009)

Los Campesinos!, still as flawed and grateful as they ever were.

Q: How have your shows changed over the years? Has your perspective on performing live changed?
A: Although we have only been playing live a short while compared to a lot of others bands we are much better and more competent musicians then previously, and I feel far more confident onstage. I still can get incredibly nervous before certain gigs, but have learnt this is good in small doses, but over thinking whilst playing means I will usually mess up.

Q: Describe the most memorable live show you've played.
A: My memory is awful so this is not saying much, but the funnest we played was in Eugene in Oregon where we performed for about 12 people, and played the silliest set we have done in recent times with our support band Parenthetical Girls crowd surfing and shirts being removed. It was bizarre and self-indulgent but a highlight.

Q: What venue do you consider to be your "home", where you feel most comfortable, with the crowd and the place itself?
A: I guess the most obvious would be playing a show in Cardiff as that is where we live, but in all honesty London always feels really comfortable as I have a lot of friends there and the audiences are usually really good. New York also feels comforting because we have performed there so many times. It is more to do with how familiar the place is rather then if you live there and what experiences you associate with it.

Q: Describe the most enjoyable show you've ever experienced as a fan.
A: Once again my memory is appalling and I for some reason always remember the shows that have dissapointed me more then anything, but The Dresden Dolls in Edinburgh was really good, it was in collaboration with "Future Shorts" so had these short films showing outside whilst mime artists and burlesque dancers perfomed inside before they went on stage. I was also with my mum and my sister as it coincided with our bonding trip to the festival they have there, so it was a amazing gig in the middle of a rather cultural and fun week!

Q: In response to a question about the band's growing popularity, Tom said in a 2008 interview ( "I think we're losing perspective. It's kind of good." What's your take on his comment and how things have changed in the past year or so.
A: Tom probably meant that we have no sense of perspective in terms of our own popularity or responsibilities to live up to hype, we seem to exist in our little bubble where making the music is the most important thing, we are still as flawed and grateful as we were when we first started.

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