Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Belle & Sebastian at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier - 7/5/2013

Belle & Sebastian
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
7/5/2013

Sometimes, you just gotta get on an airplane and fly to a foreign country to see a twee Scottish band play.  Belle & Sebastian were going on a North American tour but not coming anywhere near the wife and I, so we decided we would have to go to them.  I love the band quite a bit but the wife is a super fan, and it had been a long time since we had last seen Belle & Sebastian perform live.  The most interesting of the tour locations was Montreal, and hell we'd always wanted to visit Quebec, so why not make a vacation out of it? 

After a few days of touristing around, we made our way to Place des Arts - specifically the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier theater - to see the B&S.  The venue was pretty neat - it looked like what they thought the future would be like in the sixties.  Imagine the sort of place they might have filmed scenes from "Logan's Run" in, or if the cast of Star Trek ever attended a concert.  Our seats were pretty good for a venue this size, near the very front of the second level (there were four levels if I remember correctly). 

After an opening act that was a little too close to jam band for my tastes, Belle & Sebastian took the stage.  There was twelve of them at the most, though a couple would wander on and off the stage depending on the song.  They performed with a small string section in addition to all their usual players, and of course Stuart Murdoch leading the charge, charming the pants off of all the ladies (and some of the men).  Since they had no new release to support, they played songs from all across their catalog, including many of my favorites - "Stars of Track and Field," Dirty Dream Number Two," "Piazza, New York Catcher," "The Boy with the Arab Strap," "Judy and the dream of Horses," and their encore is my all-time favorite B&S song, "Get Me Away from Here, I'm Dying."  Even though it was a seated show there was a fair amount of dancing in the aisles, not to mention the couple of times Stuart invited the crowd up on the stage with the band.  The whole event was a delight, a goddamn delight, and I didn't regret traveling to see it in the least. 

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