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In the last few months Belle and Sebastian have released three interconnected EPs, all titled How to Solve Your Human Problems. How to Solve Your Human Problems Part 1 came out in December, Part 2 came out in January, and Part 3 came out in February. Then all three EPs were collected in a vinyl box set and CD compilation that also came out in February.

Previously the band shared Part 1‘s “We Were Beautiful” (as well as a video for the song), Part 2‘s “I’ll Be Your Pilot” (as well as a video for “I’ll Be Your Pilot”), the audio for Part 2‘s “The Same Star,” which features the vocals of Sarah Martin, who also wrote the song, and a video for Part 3‘s “Poor Boy.”

They have previously announced some new North American tour dates for this summer. Different dates feature different support acts, including: Snail Mail, Perfume Genius, Frankie Cosmos, Men I Trust, and Japanese Breakfast.

They are also considering launching a Belle and Sebastian cruise in 2019.

In 2016 the band announced that they were working on new music that they planned to release as a series of vinyl EPs and frontman Stuart Murdoch posted a casting call looking for models to appear on the covers of the EPs. They weren’t necessarily looking for professional models, but rather regular people who are fans of the band. The cover art for each EP is culled from this project. Fifty fans were selected to be photographed in a London photo studio and were also recorded answering the following question: “How do you solve your human problems?”

Murdoch said in a previous press release that the band’s relationship with their fans is “very comfortable” and he feels a responsibility to their fans: “I do feel it’s not just about the music anymore, and it shouldn’t be. You have this platform to spread good vibrations. Life is short! What are we doing here? Are we becoming better people?”

The band’s last album was 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.

Read our review of How to Solve Your Human Problems.

Belle and Sebastian Tour Dates:

Wed-02-May - Australia, Perth - Astor Theatre
Fri-04-May - Australia, St Kilda - Palais Theatre
Sat-05-May - Australia, Sydney - Sydney Opera House
Mon-07-May - Australia, Brisbane Qld - Tivoli
Fri-25-May - UK, Glasgow - Galvanizers Yard
Wed-30-May - Spain, Barcelona - Primavera Sound
Tue-Jun-05 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
Wed-Jun-06 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
Fri-Jun-08 - Queens, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
Sat-Jun-09 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
Sun-Jun-10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
Mon-Jun-11 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Thu-Jun-14 - Mexico City, Mexico - (venue TBA)
Sat-Jun-16 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Sun-Jun-17 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
Tue-Jun-19 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
Wed-Jun-20 - Sundance, UT - Sundance Amphitheater
Fri-Jun-22 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park
Sat-Jun-23 - Pasadena, CA - Arroyo Seco Weekend
Mon-Jun-25 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
Thu-Jun-28 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
Fri-Jun-29 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
Sat-Jun-30 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
Thu-Jul-29 - Spain - Benicàssim Festival
Wed-Aug-01 - Germany, Luhmühlen - A Summer’s Tale Festival

5/6 & 6/6 w/ Snail Mail
8/6 w/ Perfume Genius, Frankie Cosmos
9/6-11/6, 16/6-17/6 w/ Men I Trust
19/6-30/6 w/ Japanese Breakfast

Pick up Under the Radar’s Spring 2018 print issue to read our interview with Belle and Sebastian.

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June 2nd 2018

I liked the Belle and Sebastian - Poor Boy video. I thought the boy looking out the window with his binoculars was pretty cute lol.

It was a unique video though to go along with the music.