Welsh sextet Los Campesinos! is pushing its new album “No Blues,” released Oct. 29, with shows in the United Kingdom and the United States. The run is booked by Matt Hickey at High Road Touring, the band’s agent since it formed in 2006. Speedy Ortiz and Joanna Gruesome are joining the act on select U.S. dates.
Routing: The band will kick off the tour with five dates at home, beginning at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff, Wales (Dec. 5) and culminating at Heaven in London (Dec. 9). The group moves stateside beginning Jan. 21 with four shows in Boston, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. “It’s the shortest tour they’ve done in the U.S.,” Hickey says. “They toured a lot here for the last record, and the cost of having a band their size in the U.S. from the U.K. is difficult.” Hickey hopes to book a more extensive tour next summer that will hit the West Coast and major festivals.
Audience: Hickey focused on U.K. venues in the 500- to 700-capacity range; in the States, the act will hit rooms around 1,000-cap. “When you have an English band in America for a limited time, you make the most of it,” Hickey says. “I didn’t think playing a 400-cap room and selling out months in advance was the best option.” Hickey notes the band has sold out the Metro in Chicago (Jan. 25) before and predicts they’ll do “700 out of 900” at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on Jan. 22. “I don’t feel like we’re overstretching. I didn’t want to be reckless with the size of the venues, but I wanted to make sure everyone who wanted to see the band was able to.”
Promotion: Hickey is betting on college radio for exposure. “Some college stations will pick songs up as we get closer to the dates,” he says. Frontman Gareth David is very active online, keeping 100,000 Facebook fans and 31,000 Twitter followers in the loop. “He’s made a community of fans, and he does it himself,” Hickey says. “He’s now running all of the social media for their U.K. label Turnstile and the rest of their artists, too, which shows how savvy he is.” -Nick Williams
Agent: Matt Hickey, High Road Touring
Dates: Dec. 5-Jan. 25