Release Date: February 18th, 2021
Remastered, 2 x Gold Vinyl, Gatefold, Marketing Sticker, Download Card, printed insert, Limited Pressing to 1500. Digital download also includes the 4-song 'All’s Well That Ends’ EP
Los Campesinos! seemed so sure of themselves in the beginning. Hold On Now, Youngster… was the instantaneous Greatest Hits fronting as a debut; We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed the intentional evil twin. They carried themselves like critical favourites are expected to, with bulletproof taste and highly quotable interviews, studious enough with the canon to have a good laugh at its expense. By comparison, Romance is Boring appeared to be the quintessential third album identity crisis - significantly longer than what preceded it, bursting with ideas, delving into prog and emo and other places hip bands dared not tread in 2010.
Though understandably placed into the lineage of twee-punk bands in the beginning, Romance is Boring began to shift the conversation around Los Campesinos in a way that would only make sense ten years later as a thriving, underground UK emo scene has been largely created in their image. Bands with glockenspiels and streaking reverb guitars, co-ed vocals, tricky wordplay and strident politics: a British American Football that actually sings about football, if you will. Romance is Boring probably didn’t win Los Campesinos! too many new fans in 2010 and it probably cost them a few - but this is the album that created the Los Campesinos! diehard. Is there any other kind?
Pre-orders will include a copy of 'The Universe Replied' An Oral History of Romance Is Boring: The story behind the album 'Romance Is Boring' told by band members past and present, in conversation with Brendan Mattox. From the band's formation through to the recording and touring of the album, and up to the modern day. 88 pages, more than 35,000 words.