Album: Los Campesinos!, Hold On Now, Youngster (Wichita)

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It's all about your temperament. You'll either find Los Campesinos! as irritating as a Jack Russell terrier, or you'll find them a rejuvenating blast.

The Cardiff tweecore septet come at you in bold primary colours, but are a million miles from nu-rave. Indeed, their whole raison d'être was to escape trend-led indie conformity, and their lyrics are full of put-downs aimed at scenesters. Kindred spirits of fellow exclamation mark enthusiasts Operator Please!, theirs is a trebly, tinny, Sunny Delight surge of hyperactive guitars reminiscent of Bis, with vocalists Aleksandra and Gareth coming over like a Taffy teenage Sonny & Cher.