Belle And Sebastian Announce Summer N.A. Tour



It’s hard to believe that Belle and Sebastian have been delivering their own distinct and original Twee Rock for over 20 years now. For 20 years they have been soothing the souls of lovesick and literary teenage girls, and for 20 years they have been breaking the hearts of aspiring songwriters who wish they could write songs this well.

Belle and Sebastian deal primarily in the re-invention of the many incarnations of Sixties Pop, which means their sound is all over the map. With its prominent harpsichord “The Model” feels like it was lifted from swinging Carnaby Street in 1967, until you realize the incredible melody feels like it was lifted from J.S. Bach. “If She Wants Me” nails early-seventies Nick Drake folk rock, while “Write About Love” sounds like what would happen if the Zombies had joined forces with an early-sixties girl group.

There are times when the band’s fealty to recycled sounds of the Sixties sees them venturing dangerously close to send-up or parody, but they are almost always redeemed by a Smiths-like directness in their cinema verité lyrics. These guys can write.

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This summer North Americans will get a rare chance to see Belle and Sebastian on tour. They don’t come over that often, so it’s a great opportunity to catch an Indie Pop institution. It’s a small tour, but some of their dates include sets from Spoon and Andrew Bird, which to me sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime dream concert. Miss that one at your own peril.

Belle and Sebastian Summer 2017 Tour Dates:

July 27 — Toronto, Ontario @ Sony Centre
July 29 — New York, New York @ Panorama Music and Arts Festival
July 30 — Columbia, Maryland @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 31 — Raleigh, North Carolina @ North Carolina Museum of Art
August 2 — Boston, Massachusetts @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
August 3 — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Mann Center for Performing Arts
August 6 — Los Angeles, California @ Hollywood Bowl

Photo credit: By Marisa Privitera (from agency Bestest via e-mail) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

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