Dammit, Los Campesinos! Why must you influence my music-listening habits so freaking much? Here’s yet another band that Gareth pimps relentlessly on the Campesinos! Twitter account. And guess what. They kick ass.
Johnny Foreigner might as well be called Los Campesinos! Jr., though. Alternating male-female vocals? Check. Handclaps? Check. Awesome, melodramatic lyrics? Check. They are so similar to LC!, it hurts. I love them though.
It didn’t take long for me to know that Waited Up Til it Was Light was going to be a great record. Honestly, JoFo had me from the opening casio-tone riff on Lea Room, the energetic opener. The moment that I fell in love came on the third track, Eyes Wide Terrified. Towards the end of the song, the guitar and drums cut out leaving only a solid bass-line. And a group chant. If there’s one thing that I’m a sucker for, it’s a well-executed group chant. So almost everything cuts out, then a million voices start chanting what had already been repeated a million times throughout the track, “Your life is a song, but not this one!” The chant ends with a final shout of that line, followed by a hyperactive resumption of the guitar and drums.
I started scrambling to get ahold of every piece of music that JoFo has ever made before I even finished listening to this album. I only do that when I really love a band.
They don’t sound like a Los Campesinos! rip-off, they sound like they are sincerely making the music that they want to. The fact that it sounds like my favorite band is just a bonus.