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At a gig with Silversun Pickups and Dandy Warhols.
Los Campesinos has come on for a surprise 22 minute support slot!
Just a sufficiently rare/surprising event to warrant posting.
there were about 4 other people out of the 800+ already there that seemed to know of the band.
So I wanted to share the experience with people who know the band.
they were talking about supporting the DWs in Australia on their twitter the other week
clearly just badly advertised more than anything!
the only advance info I had about the gig was from my friend who was offering half-price tickets. He'd never heard of Los Campsinos, so it wouldn't have occurred to him to mention them, but even so, a retrospective search of the press suggests that they were never mentioned.
The Dandy Warhols are still going?
yeah, they pretty regularly tour Australia (once every year or two) and draw reasonable crowds. It was clear that 80% of the people there last night had little interest in the other bands.
The last time they played Perth, they were fucking incredible. Up there with the best gigs I've ever been to. This time around wasn't as good — 1 hour set, a bit of faffing about between songs — but still enjoyable. Courtney Taylor-Taylor was absolutely ripped and doing lots of "wow! trippy!" things, but managed not to let it fuck up his singing and playing too much.
I saw from Gareth's tweets they were in Australia. They're great live, hope you enjoyed them!
Yeah, they were great fun. I'm too old to dance at gigs anymore, but it took a hell of a lot of effort on my part to keep myself restricted to vigorous foot tapping, rocking from foot to foot, and tapping my empty beer bottle against my leg. I mean, I chair-dance to You! Me! Dancing! all the time, so it was hard to keep both feet firmly and simultaneously grounded when they finished their set with that song.
They were all getting into it, despite the fact that there was barely a dozen people standing at the front of the stage (lots of people still hadn't shown up, and the bulk of the 5 or 6 hundred that were there were just sitting around on the grass). Kim did a great job despite her mic being way too low.
Can't remember exactly which songs they played, but I think they included these:
Death to Los Campesinos
By Your Hand
The Sea is a Good Place
Hello Sadness (maybe?)
You! Me! Dancing!
It felt like 6 songs all up, so I might be missing one, but those 5 are enough to account for 22 minutes, so who knows.
I hadn't been thinking about them much lately, because I didn't love the last album. Have been listening to all their stuff again over the last 20 hours, though, because their set reminded me how great they can be. As energetic as they are on record, they're even more so when playing live.
I really wish I'd got to see a full set from them. I'm gonna make up an LC playlist to send to my friends who were at the show, so they can better appreciate why I was so excited.
I'll be giving gigs a miss for a bit just in case it is.