by Jake McKenzie
photo by Gaelle Beri
Belle and Sebastian emerged in the early nineties during the height of the chamber-pop movement and immediately developed a cult following. The cult grew so surely yet so slowly that it’s hard to pin down exactly when and how they made the jump from indie darlings to global superstars, but seeing as they sold out the Hollywood Bowl for an iconic concert in 2006, it must have been at some point before that. No doubt Belle and Sebastian have earned their place as one of the most quintessential indie acts of all time. At a live show, Belle and Sebastian are as charming and droll as anyone who has heard them on record would expect them to be. The fine art of between-song banter has never been better than at a Belle and Sebastian show, and the infectious whimsy of their delicate folk arrangements always promises to put a smile on listeners’ faces and provide a little extra bounce to their steps.