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The all ages show kicked off with with boisterous applause and exclamations of "I love you Gareth!" and " I Love You Harriet!" as the eight-person band gathered on stage. Within the first few bars of their set, the comfortably filled floor was insanely shaking with Campesinos fans singing along to every word and joyfully bouncing with the ebb and flow dancing as the band moved through the first part of their set with numbers like "Romance is Boring" and "A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State or, Letters from Me to Charlotte".
About halfway through the set, lead-singer / glock-maestro Gareth explained a bit about the Seattle / LC! mutual love affair and took a moment to profusely (and deservedly) thank the lovely and talented John Goodmanson and Eric Corson for all their help in and out of the studio. The imaginary highlight was when he followed with a shout out of appreciation to The Stranger, KEXP, and Three Imaginary Girls--a moment from which we are still blushing.
Honestly, it was the last four songs of their set that really elevated the energy of the night. Ollie the drummer stood up on his elevated drum stage ready to start "You! Me! Dancing!" with Gareth standing in front of him on queue. Following that the hits flowed to: "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed," "The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future," and "Sweet Dreams Sweet Cheeks."
All arms were in the air for "Sweet Dreams Sweet Cheeks." "One blink for Yes! Two blinks for No!" "Sweet Dreams Sweet Cheeks We Leave Alone!" was the loudest cry out from the crowd by far. For the encore, the band made room by stepping down onto the floor and performing their last song ("Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats") surrounded by all new and old Seattle fans.
It's great to know that Los Campesinos! adore Seattle as much as we adore them. We're ready to start apartment hunting for an eight bedroom number in Capitol Hill (a short bus ride to Bamboo Garden!) to house them when they're ready to stay a bit longer.