By Dalal Museitef |Asst. Features Editor|
Stuart David, Stuart Murdoch and Mick Cooke make to be the three longest members of the late 90’s band from Glasgow, UK.
After adopting vocalist, Sarah Martin, the indie band released a series of EPs including, “Dog on Wheels,” “Lazy Line Painter Jane,” and “3..6..9 Seconds of Light,” which individually only featured four tracks.
The groovy-esque band has released EPs and albums since 1996. Keepster Records signed them after their first record. They later released their third LP, “The Boy with the Arab Strap,” in 1998. It reached staggering numbers on the UK charts, also consistently gaining positive reviews from Rolling Stones and won Best
Newcomer at the Brit Awards, according to BBC Online.
Although lead vocalist, David, left the band from 2000-2005 to pursue his passion in writing and filmmaking the band was left still for some time.
The band managed to continue their legacy in 2010 for their first UK gig in almost four years to a crowd of around 30,000 at Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Southwold. Bella and Sebastian have released, “The Party Line”, a single off their ninth album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, with a new creative video to grasp their concept different from their usual work.
The single was produced and mixed by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Raury, with a dance-party element, “The Party Line”, incorporates synthesizers and pop culture vividly throughout the album.
The video begins with shades of black and white then switches to an all-color dancing routine with the male and female characters.
The female is slightly afraid to step out of her comfort zone by dancing, which pertains to the lyric, “Jump to the beat of the party line/There is no one in here but your body, dear.”
The “jumping to the beat” is just talking about dancing and letting your dance moves take control of your body.
Band member Murdoch’s most personal song ever, “Nobody’s Empire”, touches on his bouts with chronic fatigue syndrome in its beginning stanza: “Lying on my bed, I was reading French/With the light too bright for my senses/From this hiding place, life was way too much/It was loud and rough round the edges.”
Surrounded by shimmering pianos, bright synths, and a crisp studio sheen, the song emerges as one of the most intimate and triumphant of the band’s career
“Even the artwork is different. This is their first cover that doesn’t use a monochromatic photographic,” stated Matador Records.
For a fun upbeat record, you can scout their album on iTunes and in limited stores today!