Belle & Sebastian
Formed at an all-night café in Glasgow, Scotland in early 1996, and named after a cult 60s television show, Belle And Sebastian appeared to have taken a few hints from cult US band the Residents as far as publicity went. The founding members of the band, songwriter Stuart Murdoch (25 August 1968, Glasgow, Scotland; vocals/guitar/piano) and Stuart David (bass), refused to release photographs or any information about individual members beyond their names. Despite this self-effacement (or gimmick, if you prefer), Belle And Sebastian, also initially comprising Stevie Jackson (guitars/harmonica/vocals), Richard Colburn (drums), Chris Geddes (keyboards/guitar), Isobel Campbell (b. 27 April 1976, Scotland; cello) and Sarah Martin (violin/stylophone), started packing out their Scottish gigs within months of their formation.
The bands string-based sound owes much to the Tindersticks, who headlined their first London gig, at the ICA, but...