Los Campesinos! have announced a new album–their first LP since No Blues in 2013. It’s called Sick Scenes, and it’s out February 24 via Wichita Recordings. The band have also shared the album’s lead single “I Broke Up in Amarante.”
The band recorded the album, co-produced by long-time collaborator John Goodmanson and band member Tom Bromley, during Euro 2016 in Fridao, Portugal. The album exists as an expression of the pent-up aggression they felt due to being inactive for so long, but it’s also a celebration of just getting to be a band, of getting to play music with their friends. Thematically the record is concerned with fumbling for personal relevance while trying to be a better person. Repressing anxiety and attempting to function while constantly maintaining the perfect two-beer buzz. It is set upon a backdrop of non-league football, prescribed medication, and crumbling hometowns. These truly are the Sickest Scenes.