Posted in music | tour dates on June 4, 2009

Aleks Campesinos! (in the red dress) @ Coachella 2009 (more by Darren Kim)
Los Campesinos

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.

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:

:(

Leks x

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.

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 BASEMENT

:: Real Estate
:::: Girls
:::::: Beach Fossils

| MONSTER ISLAND BASEMENT |
128 River St @ Metropolitan Ave | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8:30pm | all ages | $7

Girls are also playing Mercury Lounge on June 25th with The Paper Chase, Free Energy, and Radical Sons. Tickets are on sale.

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

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Comments (17)

What a fucking baby. Just leave and have some dignity.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 10:30 AM

Sounds like a dumb move if you ask me.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 10:34 AM

"What a fucking baby. Just leave and have some dignity."

You don't get it. This band blogs about EVERYTHING they do.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 11:22 AM

What an ego.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 11:56 AM

No need for "meh" jokes please. This band is really awful

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 11:57 AM

They're playing PoMEHna, CA @ Glass House, followed by Costa MEHsa, CA @ Detroit Bar

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 12:59 PM

so many judgemental ass people on this board....i bet none of you are this bad in your everyday lives but somehow get this online Turrets Syndrome

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 1:01 PM

People really are this bad, they just don't have the balls to say it to their face because they'd probably get punched in the nose.

Posted by People Suck. | June 4, 2009 1:54 PM

What I understand even less than people being negative about every single band on here are the fans who take it personally when someone says something bad about a band they like.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 2:03 PM

I'm just tired of negative, whiney bitches who like to complain about everything and never have anything positive to add. If a band sucks, start one or tell me about one that doesn't.

Posted by People still suck. | June 4, 2009 2:24 PM

I like this band. And I'm sad about him leaving. I'll be at the DC show hopefully, if all goes well :)

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 2:38 PM

Its a girl that is leaving 2:38 not the guy.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 2:51 PM

Hey, Aleks, baby! It's you! It's me! It's shagging!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 8:48 PM

Shout at the internets 'cause the internets don't love you!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 11:38 PM

Lets not get excited there. Theres some good bands out there, just not many new toddler folks who rehash the past, but dont acknowledge they are and act like they invented the wheel. So many of the younger early 20 something kids are so self important about every move they make, and its so obvious.

But anyways Brooklyn Vegan posts about bands who have worked a while and those that are less vain that deserve attention.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 3:19 AM

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Posted by Porno | August 20, 2009 11:57 PM

It's incredibly annoying to see people say that Aleks is a baby and lacking dignity for writing something so heartfelt and true. The only resonable excuse I can surmise for such ignorant comments is that people are jealous; that their lives are void of any meaning close to what he experienced in those three years with Los Camp!. I guess the same could be said for those who call the music bad. Although that is merely a matter of taste and, in my opinon, bad taste on your part.

I LOVE the raw expression that Los Camp! captures and am now grateful that I have the mind to understand it unlike some.

I hope all those who left such comments before me find something positive in their lives and then hope that one day someone does not make unfeeling comments toward whatever it is. Or maybe someone should...

Posted by Kaitlyn | September 16, 2009 12:15 PM

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