Aleks Campesinos! (in the red dress) @ Coachella 2009 (more by Darren Kim)
I don't really know how to start this. I'm not sure I can really find the right words to express how I feel about leaving the band. Not in a vaguely coherent manner anyway so I'm sorry if this all comes across as either overly-sentimental or strangely detached.Aleks is leaving Los Campesinos!, but not before one more record and US tour. The tour in question kicks off August 4th in NYC with a show at Webster Hall, brings them to Chicago for Lollapalooza, and ends at the end of August with their appearance at San Diego's Street Scene Festival.
Making the decision to leave was very difficult and even though I'm excited about what the future has in store for both me and the rest of Los Camp! (once they unveil their bright spangly new line-up), I still get a lump in my throat every time I think about my time in the band coming to an end. Trust me, I'm gutted. The past 3 years have given me some of the best times of my life full of incredible experiences and wonderful people. I am really grateful to have been a part of the Los Campesinos! story. I'm going to miss so much about the whole thing and no doubt regret this move a thousand times over when I'm stuck in some dark corner of a library, while the band are busy playing to thousands in some paradise location...
On the other hand, I can't wait to attend my first Los Camp! gig and watch from the audience: I'll be like a proud parent. (Or a bitter heckler, we'll see how it goes) I know they can only get better. In any case, they better put me on the guest list.
And now our Wikipedia page will have a "Former Members" section: won't that look impressive...
That all seems massively inadequate.
To sum up:
Almost all dates are with San Francisco's Girls who will also be making a trip to NYC even earlier...
Friday June 26th @ MONSTER ISLAND BASEMENTGirls are also playing Mercury Lounge on June 25th with The Paper Chase, Free Energy, and Radical Sons. Tickets are on sale.
:: Real Estate
:::::: Beach Fossils
| MONSTER ISLAND BASEMENT |
128 River St @ Metropolitan Ave | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8:30pm | all ages | $7
Tickets for the Webster Hall show are now on AmEx presale. All dates below...
Girls - 2009 Tour Dates
June 25 - Mercury Lounge, NYC
June 26 - Monster Island Basement, Brooklyn, NY
Jul 20 - the echo los angeles, California
Jul 21 - Rickshaw san francisco, California
Jul 23 - the backspace a/a portland, Oregon
Jul 24 - Biltmore Cabaret vancouver, British Columbia
Los Campesinos! & Girls - 2009 Tour Dates
8/4/09 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
8/5/09 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
8/6/09 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
8/7/09 - Indianapolis, IN @ Spin Nightclub *
8/8/09 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/11/09 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
8/12/09 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
8/14/09 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
8/15/09 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
8/16/09 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse
8/19/09 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
8/20/09 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
8/21/09 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
8/22/09 - Pomona, CA @ Glass House
8/23/09 - Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
8/25/09 - Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar *
8/28/09 - San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
8/29/09 - San Diego, CA @ Street Scene
* WITHOUT Girls