BELLE AND SEBASTIAN
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY BOWL
17 JULY, 2013Belle and Sebastian made their only California appearance at the Santa Barbara County Bowl Wednesday night. Coming out of Austin, flight issues delayed their crew, but with the help of local pros, things came together, and a magical night was had. L.A.'s own Best Coast nailed down the opening duties on an evening presented by Santa Monica public radio powerhouse KCRW.
Almost three years have elapsed since the last time we caught up Belle and Sebastian at the Matador Records celebration in Las Vegas, and they remain as sharp and charming as ever. Backed with horns and a string section, Stuart Murdoch led the band through their back catalogue, to the delight of a sparse, but fervent audience. Highlights included "I'm A Cuckoo", and "Piazza, New York Catcher", both from Dear Catastrophe Waitress, and an epic "Stars Of Track And Field", from If You're Feeling Sinister. "Dirty Dream Number Two" from The Boy With The Arab Strap provided the first opportunity for audience participation, (below),
All told, it was a delightful evening outdoors with what might be the ultimate bedsit band. From here, the tour pushes on to Salt Lake City, and a spotlight slot at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. Hopefully, the touring gods have had their fun, and the band's travels will be smoother.