The much lauded Los Campesinos! say that they don’t like hot-shot producer Mark Ronson very much.
Speaking to Gigwise, frontman Gareth Campesino said that the Amy Winehouse producer slagged them off in a radio interview which has led to some friction between the pair.
However, he explained that the band aren’t ready to get into public slanging matches unless someone else starts it: “I can’t specifically say band names (who we don’t like) because I don’t think we’re at the stage yet where we can get away with slagging off other bands, although Mark Ronson slagged us off.
“Apparently – somebody sent us a MySpace message - he was on that roundtable thing on Lamacq and he said we reminded him of hair metal or something and that we were silly. Obviously, we don’t like him, he’s not meant for us. I don’t know what he’s meant for.
“But our policy is we can’t be mean about bands unless they are mean about us, so I’m looking forward to bands being mean to us.”
Referring to their upcoming debut album, Gareth said that recording process was finished earlier this autumn and it’s now being mixed in Toronto.
He said: “It’s a pop album and it’s a Los Campesinos! album. I say that as if we’ve been around long enough to say things that Los Campesinos! are.
“I think we like to have these pop songs and then mess them up a bit, try and make them noisy or make people think and I think we’ve achieved that. There are some new songs that are further away from the typical upbeat pop that people might expect but it still sounds like Los Campesinos!”
Gareth continued: “We really wanted to put out just the best album that we could. The songs that we got do work as an album; do work as a whole, so we didn’t want to leave songs off just because people have heard them before.”
Los Campesinos released their latest single ‘The International Tweexcore Underground’ last week. They’ll also be taking part in Gigwise’s Tuborg Webchat Wednesday tomorrow at 4pm, don’t forget to tune in…