The whole point of the Baby Heisman name is to not overhype untested bands, to not declare a band's greatness before it's even taken its first step. But slaying a band based on just a couple of songs is just as bad as declaring them the second coming of the Clash.
With that, meet Los Campesinos! (the exclamation point is theirs, not mine) They're British college kids playing jangly guitars, high-pitched keys and featuring male and female vocalists. They have songs but no album, a pile of potential but no proof, a gimmicky band name that each member even uses as his/her last name, Joey, Johnny, Tommy Ramone-style.
And I can't stop listening to them.
Plenty of people are already predicting this band will go big in 2007, and maybe they will. I say maybe they'll be this year's Arctic Monkeys, with everything that comes with it. In the meantime, they're raw and fun and worth watching, but also worth watching out for.
The band just put a couple of new songs on its myspace page, plus here's some "older" ones.
Los Campesinos! — You! Me! Dancing! (MP3)
Los Campesinos! — Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks (MP3)
Los Campesinos! — Death to Los Campesinos (MP3)
Los Campesinos! on myspace