Belle & Sebastian are ready to enter the studio to work on a new record, they revealed today.
The group, which was formed in Glasgow in 1996 by Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David, confirmed the news to fans on their mail-list – the message read: “We’ve been in the studio these last few weeks writing some new tracks and shortly we will say cheerio to Glasgow for a while when we set off to LA to record our next album.”
Belle & Sebastian have become one of Scotland’s most popular and celebrated acts since releasing their debut album ‘Tiger Milk’ in 1996. ‘If You’re Feeling Sinister’ followed soon after, and they released the critically-lauded ‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’ in 1998. In 2000, their fourth studio record ‘Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant‘ was released, after which founder member Stuart David left the band to pursue other projects.
They have been considered to be on a hiatus since 2006, during which time Stuart Murdoch has begun a film and music project entitled ‘God Help the Girl‘, while fellow members Stevie Jackson and Bobby Kildea have been touring with The Vaselines.
In addition to the new LP, the group have also announced a series of festival appearances this summer – they will play Finland’s Ruisrock Festival on July 11th, followed by Norway’s Slottsfjell Festival (July 15th) and the Fuji Rock Festival (August 1st).