Downtrodden left-coast indie rockers finally have something to smile about. Heartfelt twee collective Belle and Sebastian will embark on their first West Coast tour in September.
The college-radio darlings, whose discography dates back to 1996's Tigermilk, begin their trek into uncharted territory September 6 in Los Angeles, according to a Matador Records spokesperson. Four other cities are confirmed destinations, ending with a Seattle gig September 14 (although a couple more West Coast shows are likely to extend the routing). Two Brazil shows are scheduled for October.
Belle and Sebastian plan to follow their most recent release, the Jonathan David EP, which dropped in June, with an as-yet-untitled EP expected to surface before the end of the year (see "Belle And Sebastian Plan Two EPs, U.S. Tour").
The band is also polishing off work on the soundtrack to director Todd Solondz's film "Storytelling" (see "Belle And Sebastian Add Film Scoring To Repertoire"). The LP, scheduled for a fall release, contains four new vocal tracks and songs inspired by the film (though not part of its score). "Storytelling" is expected to hit theaters in February.
Belle and Sebastian are once again an eight-member group following the permanent addition of multiinstrumentalist Bobby Kildea. In July, Kildea replaced original bassist Stuart David, who left last year to pursue his Looper project full time. David is working on the follow-up to Looper's second album, The Geometrid, released last year. The as-yet-untitled offering is expected in 2002, according to a Mute Records spokesperson.
Belle And Sebastian tour dates, according to Matador Records:
- 9/6 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
- 9/8 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
- 9/11 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
- 9/13 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Center
- 9/14 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre