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aleks to quit los campesinos!
June 3, 2009, 1:34 am
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060808_loscampesinosKeyboardist to go back to the books

Los Campesinos! have announced that keyboardist and vocalist Aleks will be quitting the seven-strong band at the end of their upcoming US tour in August in order to go back to university. In a message posted on their blog the band said: “After three years of LC!, in an incredible journey that has gone from inaudible student union side room gigs to playing in-front of thousands in Caracas city centre; Aleks is now, as she always intended, departing the band in order to return to her studies.”

The band already have a replacement lined up and are keen to dispel any rumours of inter-band strife, writing: “It shouldn’t need saying, and perhaps it almost seems insensitive, but it’s inevitable news of this nature will cause tongues to wag, so it’s best to confirm that Los Campesinos! will continue as a band, stronger and more united than ever. Though this news is being announced only now, it’s something we as a band have been aware of, and preparing for, for the past year…Aleks has decided her future does not reside in flogging this LC! nonsense any longer. Though she will remain a Campesinos! for eternity. There’s no escaping that…[Her] very last shows come with a weekend in the California sun. The girl will go out in fuckin style; we will make completely sure of that.”

Aleks herself left a personal message too, saying: “I’m not sure I can really find the right words to express how I feel about leaving the band. 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.”

The band, including Aleks, are about to wrap up the recording of their as yet untitled third album following sessions in Seattle and Wales with producer John Goodmanson. It isn’t scheduled to come out until early 2010.

Alan Pedder


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