By Hollister Dixon
On “Nobody’s Empire”, the first song from Belle & Sebastian’s newest record, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, Stuart Murdoch sings a very simple line: “Someone sang a song, and I sang along / ’cause I knew the words from my childhood.” For a lot of people who are interested in the wide world of indie rock, this is a line that works extremely well because it almost applies to the experience of seeing the band play live; not many of us have been listening to the band since childhood, but the band’s best work is comfortable enough – and feels lived-in enough – that is can feel like the sonic equivalent of a baby blanket. If any of this comes off as a back-handed compliment, it shouldn’t: Belle & Sebastian’s success for the last 20 years can be traced back to that feeling of sonic comfort, mixed with Stuart Murdoch’s witty, prep school dork songwriting and demeanor. All of these things have made the band one of the most consistent and thoroughly enjoyable pop bands of the last 20, which is something very few bands can claim. As such, getting to see the band after nearly a decade of fandom was an absolute no-brainer.