Los Campesinos! are prolific and exhausting, so it’s a surprise that ‘Romance Is Boring’ is this measured and mature. Gareth’s vocal is less shrill these days, his lyrics are less desperate (though just as despairing), and the band’s soundscapes are increasingly diverse. There are still cuts that hark backwards, especially ‘There Are Listed Buildings’ and the title track – both huge, shouty anthems – but there’s also room for tempo-slowing passages (‘200-102’), a mighty roar (‘Plan A’), a majestic ballad (‘Who Fell Asleep In’) and the dramatic crescendo of ‘The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future’. A big step forward.
Things have happened this week. Important things, like Bring Me The Horizon releasing a new song and the supports being announced for the Rock Sound Christmas Ball. Some quite funny, incredibly unimportant stuff happened too. Like this lot.