Stream : Belle and Sebastian – ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’ Album Premiere Via NPR First Listen

(photo by Søren Solkær)

“At times like these,” declared The Mail On Sunday’s Graeme Thomson, “you realize that if Belle and Sebastian cease to exist they would create a vacuum no other band would be capable of filling.” Man, what a horrible thing to contemplate! Last night at midnight, NPR First Listen offered a premiere of the new Belle and Sebastian album, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’. NPR’s Steve Thompson took a different tact, instead of scaring the daylights out of us, he argues ‘Girls In Peacetime’, “feels personal, lived-in and universal,” (“with 12 songs stretching out for more than an hour, ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’ allows Belle And Sebastian’s music to shimmer and breathe”).

While’s there’s more tour dates forthcoming, today we can share some photos of the deluxe vinyl box set edition of ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’ as well as the 5 badges that come with any orders that come direct from The Matador Store ;

Belle & Sebastian Store (UK)
The Matador Store (North America):
Google Play (U.S. orders only)
Newbury Comics (limited clear vinyl edition)

Tour Dates

Monday January 26 – Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Wednesday January 28 – The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
Thursday January 29 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Sunday February 1 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday February 3 – Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia
Thursday, February 12 – AX Club, Seoul, Korea
Monday, February 16 – Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan
Saturday February 21 – Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Monday March 30 –House Of Blues, Boston MA*
Wednesday April 1-Massey Hall, Toronto ONT*
Thursday April 2 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI*
Friday April 3 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, April 4 – Overture Hall, Madison WI *
Saturday, April 11 – Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Saturday, April 18 – Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Sunday May 3 – St. David’s, Cardiff, Wales
Monday May 4 – Colston Hall, Bristol England
Tuesday May 5 – Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
Thursday May 7 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
Friday May 8 – Open, Norwich, England
Sunday May 10 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
Monday May 11 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Tuesday May 12 – Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Thursday May 14 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Friday May 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Saturday May 16 – City Hall, Newcastle, England
Monday May 18 – Opera House, Buxton, England
Tuesday May 19 – City Hall, Leeds, England
Friday, May 22 – Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
Sunday May 24 – Sound City, Liverpool, England
Wednesday, June 10 – Radio City Music Hall, New York NY
Thursday – Saturday, July 2-4 – ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland

(* –Honeyblood supporting March 30 – April 4)

Belle and Sebastian – official site
‘It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career’ – official site
Belle and Sebastian – Twitter