Posted On 09 Oct 2014
Glaswegian band, Belle And Sebastian brought their sweet and funky tunes to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The band performed to a packed house on Monday night for the first of two shows. Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene opened the night.
The current line-up of the band has been in place for more than 10 years, selling over 3 million albums, releasing a dozen singles and playing countless sold-out concerts around the world.
The latest installment in the illustrious recording career of Belle And Sebastian comes with the release of The Third Eye Centre in June 2013, a gathering of rarities and B-sides from the past decade.
After touring festivals this summer, the band intend to get straight back into the studio. Belle And Sebastian’s 9th studio LP, recorded in Atlanta with Ben H. Allen III (known for his work with Gnarls Barkley & Animal Collective amongst others) will follow in early 2015.
Singer Stuart Murdoch was his naturally appealing and funny self, chatting and making jokes with the audience throughout the evening. He made jest of Los Angeles’ subway system, which he used to get to the evenings show. He joked that L.A. seems almost ashamed of it and nobody even really knows we have a subway here.
One of the highlights of the night was when Murdoch came down from the stage and into the crowd, Oprah-style and asked the audience:
“Who has had the worst day?” One fellow fan, sitting right in front of us, popped up from this chair to announce, “My girlfriend just left me for my best friend!”
Not surprising, that woeful gentleman won that round of “request your song,” and from their the band played his request and one of my favorite Belle And Sebastian songs, “Piazza, New York Catcher.”
Other fan favorites of the night included, “Perfect Couples,” “If You’re Feeling Sinister,” “Book of You,” ” Slow Graffiti” and “Sukie In The Graveyard,” were among the 22 songs played on Monday night.
Belle and Sebastian made you feel as though you were at a living room concert. As if the above wasn’t a highlight enough, in true B&S fashion, the band called upon their audience friends to join them on stage for a dance party during “The Boy With The Arab Strap.”