Belle And Sebastian preview new album ‘Write About Love’ in Las Vegas

Stuart Murdoch and co play three tracks from their eighth studio album

Belle & Sebastian wrapped up day two of indie label Matador‘s 21st anniversary last night (October 2) with a set of classics and songs from their new album ‘Write About Love’.

The Scottish indie stalwarts opened with ‘I Didn’t See It Coming’, also playing the title track and ‘I’m Not Living In The Real World’ from their forthcoming eighth album, which is due to be released on October 11.

Frontman Stuart Murdoch was in a celebratory mood during the set, inviting members of the crowd onto the stage, throwing American footballs around and paying tribute to the Matador staff.

“It’s the only label I can think of where the people who work there are more rock’n’roll than the bands. I can’t keep up with those guys. What are they going to do now they’re 21? Stop behaving like that? I hope not.”

The band, who performed with a string quartet, also rolled out favourites ‘I’m A Cuckoo’, ‘The State I Am In’ and ‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’, and played an impromptu encore of ‘Me And The Major’, much to the protestations of the sound desk.

“They say we can do one more if we play it really fucking fast,” said Murdoch, returning to the stage.

Elsewhere in the set, he told a story about his first encounter with Matador legends Sonic Youth.

“I interviewed Thurston Moore in 1989,” he said. “I was a really shit interviewer, and when I asked Thurston a question, he yawned in my face!”

Belle & Sebastian played:

‘I Didn’t See It Coming’
‘I’m A Cuckoo’
‘Step Into My Office, Baby’
‘The State I Am In’
‘I’m Not Living In The Real World’
‘Piazza, New York Catcher’
‘Write About Love’
‘Sukie In The Graveyard’
‘We Rule The School’
‘There’s Too Much Love’
‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’
‘If You Find Yourself Caught In Love’
‘Judy And The Dream Of Horses/Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying’
‘Sleep The Clock Around’
‘Me And The Major’

San Francisco band Girls opened the stage earlier in the afternoon with a short set, and were followed by reformed Boston band Come, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Perfume Genius, Cat Power, Superchunk and crowd-pleasers Spoon.

Esben And The Witch, Cold Cave and Dead Meadow played the aftershow stage.

The festival is due to come to a close today (October 3) with sets from The New Pornographers, Liz Phair, Yo La Tengo and headliners Guided By Voices.