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Hope you all had a wonderful Easter and / or Passover holiday! We're now back with most stations reporting for a new SubModern Report.

Three weeks running now, Dan Auerbach has the the #1 tune in town with "Shine On Me" from his upcoming album Waiting On A Song! We do have a new #1 album however with Diet Cig's Swear I'm Good At This (they really are good at this). One of that album's singles, "Barf Day," also appears in a tie at #7 on the singles chart.

Also appearing on both charts is Danish band Mew, who have this week's #2 single "Twist Quest" as well as the album Visuals tied at #6. There are ties most of the way down the singles chart with Gorillaz' "We Got The Power" and (Sandy) Alex G's "Proud" at #3, The Kooks' "Be Who You Are" and Royal Blood's "Lights Out" at #5, and Broken Social Scene's "Halfway Home" and The Jesus and Mary Chain's "Always Sad" joining the aforementioned Diet Cig at #7. Alt-J brings up the rear of the top ten with "In Cold Blood" from their forthcoming Relaxer.

Over on the album charts, Future Islands jumps up to #2 with with their latest The Far Field, while The New Pornographers slip just a bit to #3 with Whiteout Conditions (sorry Raffi). Last week's #1 album, Pure Comedy from Father John Misty is at #4 this week, followed by Spoon's Hot Thoughts at #5. You can see the rest of the charts below.

It looks like we'll have yet another new show joining us next week - I.P.O. with Corey O'Brien from KXRK / Salt Lake City. Maybe a few more still down the pipeline. If you missed it last week, check out our SubModern Session with Los Campesinos! below as well. Until next week...

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

Updated 4/19/17
# Artist Track Label
1 DAN AUERBACH SHINE ON ME EASY EYE
2 MEW TWIST QUEST PIAS
3t (SANDY) ALEX G PROUD DOMINO
  GORILLAZ WE GOT THE POWER PARLOPHONE UK / WARNER BROS.
5t THE KOOKS BE WHO YOU ARE ASTRALWERKS
  ROYAL BLOOD LIGHTS OUT WARNER BROS.
7t BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE HALFWAY HOME ARTS & CRAFTS
  DIET CIG BARF DAY FRENCHKISS
  THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN ALWAYS SAD ADA / WARNER
10 ALT-J IN COLD BLOOD CANVASBACK / ATLANTIC
11t CURRENT SWELL IT AIN'T RIGHT NETTWERK
  LITTLE HURRICANE OTL MASCOT
13t PERFUME GENIUS SLIP AWAY MATADOR
  SPOON CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU MATADOR
15 MAC DEMARCO ON THE LEVEL CAPTURED TRACKS
16t THE BLACK ANGELS I'D KILL FOR HER PARTISAN
  BLOSSOMS CHARLEMAGNE VIRGIN
  HOOPS RULES FAT POSSUM
  PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING PROGRESS PIAS
  WAVVES MILLION ENEMIES GHOST RAMP
21t BEACH FOSSILS SAINT IVY BAYONET
  FATHER JOHN MISTY BALLAD OF THE DYING MAN SUB POP
  FUTURE ISLANDS CAVE 4AD
  FUTURE ISLANDS RAN 4AD
  LAND OF TALK THIS TIME SADDLE CREEK
  MARIKA HACKMAN MY LOVER CINDY SUB POP
  RAC THIS SONG COUNTER
  WALKER LUKENS AIN'T GOT A REASON MODERN OUTSIDER
  THE WEEKS TALK LIKE THAT LIGHTNING ROD / THIRTY TIGERS
 
Updated 4/19/17
# Artist Album Label
1 DIET CIG SWEAR I'M GOOD AT THIS FRENCHKISS
2 FUTURE ISLANDS THE FAR FIELD 4AD
3 THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS WHITEOUT CONDITIONS CONCORD
4 FATHER JOHN MISTY PURE COMEDY SUB POP
5 SPOON HOT THOUGHTS MATADOR
6t THE BLACK ANGELS DEATH SONG PARTISAN
  MEW VISUALS PIAS
8t THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN DAMAGE AND JOY ADA / WARNER
  WHITE REAPER THE WORLD'S BEST AMERICAN BAND POLYVINYL
10t CHARLY BLISS GUPPY BARSUK
  LITTLE DRAGON SEASON HIGH LOMA VISTA
12 ALT-J RELAXER CANVASBACK / ATLANTIC
13t CURRENT SWELL WHEN TO TALK AND WHEN TO LISTEN NETTWERK
  HOOPS ROUTINES FAT POSSUM
  WALKER LUKENS AIN'T GOT A REASON MODERN OUTSIDER
16t MAC DEMARCO THIS OLD DOG CAPTURED TRACKS
  THE XX I SEE YOU YOUNG TURKS
18t PWR BTTM PAGEANT POLYVINYL
  REAL ESTATE IN MIND DOMINO
20t BEACH FOSSILS SOMERSAULT BAYONET
  COLD WAR KIDS L.A. DIVINE CAPITOL
  MARIKA HACKMAN I'M NOT YOUR MAN SUB POP
23t GOLDFRAPP SILVER EYE MUTE
  JULIANA HATFIELD PUSSYCAT AMERICAN LAUNDROMAT
  SKATING POLLY NEW TRICK EL CAMINO
  THE WEEKS EASY LIGHTNING ROD / THIRTY TIGERS

Los Campesinos!
Sick Scenes
(Whicita)

After a some time out of the spotlight, veteran U.K. seven piece Los Campesinos! returned earlier this year with their sixth album Sick Scenes. I recently had the opportunity to chat with band leader Gareth David about the new album. Gareth, along with band members Tom Bromley, Kim David, and Jason Adelinia, also recorded acoustic versions of two songs "A Slow, Slow Death" and "The Fall of Home" for our latest FMQB SubModern Session.

FMQB: You've been around for almost a decade now, how did you keep things fresh the sixth time around?

Gareth David: I think certainly the time apart has helped. This has been the largest gap between releases for us. Our fifth album came out in 2013, so this one is more than 3 years later. But I think that time away has made us even more excited to do this than ever before. We all work day jobs. I guess it's at the point where the band is a hobby rather than our occupation, which is beneficial. It means that we approach it with the same sense of fun and enjoyment that we did ten years ago. We've never been the sort of band that will come back with a new record and have completely remodeled our sound or anything. That's not the sort of band we are or would want to be. But this one I think, there's a real energy to. I guess by now I just repeat what reviews have said in praise of it.

FMQB: You have no opinion of your own!

GD: I find it really hard to until about a year later. I still find myself so totally involved in the songs and the album that I can't objectively comment on them, so I have to rely on the positive reviews of course.

FMQB: Right. Well, there are no negative reviews. There shouldn't be because the album is really good!

GD: Thank you.

FMQB: One thing I always notice about your music, and this album is no exception, is that the songs sound super upbeat, peppy, and fun, but there are some dark, depressing lyrics. That definitely is the case this time as well.

GD: Yeah I think so. I've always written incredibly openly and honestly. I don't think I'm smart enough to tell stories or invent things so I've always written from a very personal perspective and I've always taken the opportunity to write about mental health and the lows that I've often felt and stuff. That's no different in Sick Scenes. Sick Scenes was also written at a time when we in the U.K. were dealing with the EU referendum result, which saw the U.K. leave the European Union, which was something that really set off a string of terrible political things in the U.K., which informs the sort of dour nature of the record lyrically. A lot of people like that about the music, but also a lot of people enjoy the music without even paying attention to the lyrics and they can enjoy it because there's so much going on in its creative musicianship, and you don't need to get bogged down in my depressing lyrics.

FMQB: Was that always your goal to kind of hide the messages?

GD: Not really. I don't think we've ever had an intention of how to write music. We've just sort of written and how it's ended up is how it's been. It just became something that people enjoyed. I think that also by now there is a lot more nuance in the music than perhaps that first record in particular, which was pretty much relentlessly upbeat, with quite depressing lyrics. But these days I think there is more variation in the musicality of it as well.

FMQB: You self-funded this album. Were record label politics part of the reason for the long break?

GD: Yeah, after the fifth album we stopped working with our then management and record label, which was a mutual decision, but one that I think really did benefit us and a decision that I wish we'd made several years prior. I've worked music industry jobs as well so I understand how it works, and I developed the abilities and the tools for us not to need to pay twenty percent to a management company or to have to borrow tons of money from a record label, which is the way the industry works, and has been for years, and doesn't really show much sign of changing. The fact that we do have such a loyal fanbase and that people did seem to be hungry for a new Los Campesinos! record after a few years away, meant that we were able to raise the money through selling merchandise and playing gigs, and not having to go to a record label and be like "Can we borrow money to record an album that we will then spend the next several years paying back to you?" That was a really liberating and positive thing for us to do.

FMQB: Yeah, that's awesome! Did you go the Kickstarter route at all or did you avoid that?

GD: No. I'm skeptical of that. It's kind of become the norm by now, but for us personally, there's no need to. I think that with a Kickstarter, you're kind of indebted to people who like your band and I think that could potentially be detrimental to what you create because you sort of enter into a contract, which has the artists saying, "You have paid of us, so we will produce something that you will enjoy," which should be the case, but that shouldn't be what informs songwriting and the approach to making a record. I think it's all a weird sort of capitalism that I'm not entirely convinced by yet.

FMQB: Of course you're always indebted to fans for supporting what you do.

GD: Absolutely! And we're so privileged to have fans like we do. This tour of being in the States properly for the first time in like five years has really hammered that home. I think the relationship that we have with people who like our band is so incredibly normal and healthy. We try to remove any sense of hierarchy between us as a band on the stage and the people who come to the shows. It's sort of a mutual contract that we enter into.

FMQB: I'm gonna have to curse you for making me say "5 Flucloxacillin" all the time. What is that? An actual medication?

GD: Yeah, it's an antibiotic for like a skin infection or something like that. Just one that I've had to take in the past for numerous ailments. It's just so musical sounding, right?

FMQB: I don't know how you get through the song every night! So, what made you write a song, not actually about the medication I guess? What is the correlation?

GD: It kind of is. The song is about spending your life on different medications, dealing with depression, sort of trying to use medication to make yourself feel better. Sort of totaling up how much of your life you spend taking different medicines for different reasons. When I started writing it, Flucloxacillin was one that I was taking at the time. Truth be told, that was a song that I couldn't decide on a title for so I just went for the most difficult word in there to annoy people, which I do tend to do. I'm not regretting it yet!

Find out more about Los Campesinos! latest goings on at LosCampesinos.com or Wichita-Recordings.com. See the video for "5 Flucloxacillin" here and listen to their SubModern Session performance here.

By Josh T. Landow


 
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