Reclusive Scottish indie rock outfit Belle & Sebastian has confirmed its first-ever dates on the West Coast of the U.S., beginning Sept. 6 in Los Angeles. From there, the group will hit San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; Vancouver; and Seattle, with “one or two more” shows to be added soon, according to B&S’ U.S. label, Matador. Two October gigs in South America are also confirmed.
Earlier this month, B&S made multi-instrumentalist Bobby Kildea a permanent member of the now eight-piece ensemble. Kildea will fill the gap left by founding member/bassist Stuart David, who exited in 2000 to focus on his own project, Looper.
Meanwhile, the group is putting the finishing touches on the soundtrack to director Todd Solondz’s upcoming film “Storytelling.” Both the film and the Matador soundtrack are due out this fall. “Storytelling,” a look at the drama of high school and college life, stars James Van Der Beek (“Dawson’s Creek”) and Selma Blair (“Cruel Intentions”).
Here are Belle & Sebastian’s tour dates:
Sept. 6: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theatre)
Sept. 8: San Francisco (Warfield)
Sept. 11: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theatre)
Sept. 13: Vancouver (Croatian Cultural Center)
Sept. 14: Seattle (Moore Theatre)
Oct. 26: Rio de Janeiro (Museum of Modern Art)
Oct. 27: Sao Paulo, Brazil (Sao Paulo Jockey Club)