Belle and Sebastian Debut “What Happened to You, Son?”

Belle and Sebastian Debut "What Happened to You, Son?" The Scottish band's new single is out today via Matador Records and DSPs
Belle and Sebastian photo credit Anna Isola Crolla

Belle and Sebastian have dropped new song, “What Happened to You, Son?” The track arrives prior to to the Scottish band’s North American tour this month. Last year, Belle and Sebastian released Late Developers, the second of two back-to-back albums following last year’s A Bit of Previous.

Stuart Murdoch says on the song:

“‘What Happened to You Son’ got pulled rather randomly from the last LP because the
LP felt one track too long. Out it came.

The song is about my youth, and the funny hole I fell into in my late teens. I was failing
at my university course, failing in almost everything I tried around then. I was obsessed
with the music of the time, I used to hang so much on the lyrics and message and
feeling of certain bands of the 80s era – it probably wasn’t healthy.

So although the theme of this song is a little accusatory, the fault is with the beholder. I
could have switched off at any time. Instead I let the singers become my penpals and
my deities.

The song tries to address what happens when the pop stars grow up, and change, and
go a different way, and seem to betray the stance they held when you loved them the

The song finishes hopefully, however. There’s always a way forward, always a light to
guide you if you look closely, if you give up part of yourself, if you let yourself flow and

On the 2nd and 3rd of August, the band will host a brand-new Bowlie event: ‘The
Glasgow Weekender’. Held at Glasgow’s SWG3, the two-day concert series will include
two headline B&S sets as well as performances by Camera Obscura, The Vaselines,
CMAT, and many more.

Full dates for the band’s first state-side dates in nearly two years, including festival and
headline stops in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, and points between, with
support along the way by Haley Heynderickx and The Weather Station, can be found

Belle and Sebastian 2024 Tour Dates

Apr 23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern #
Apr 24 – Richmond, VA @ The National #
Apr 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer %
Apr 27 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre %
Apr 28 – Montreal, QC @ M Telus %
Apr 29 – Toronto, ON @ History %
May 1 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Paramount %
May 2 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem %
May 3 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre %
May 4 – Chicago, IL @ Salt Shed %
May 6 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe #
May 7 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom #
May 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue #
May 10 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium %
May 11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Block Party
May 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bellwether %
May 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bellwether %
May 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel #
May 16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater %
May 18 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall %
May 19 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre %
May 25 – Madrid, ES @ Tomavistas Festival
May 27 – Merignac, FR @ Le Krakatoa
May 28 – Paris, FR @ Salle Pleyel
June 7 – Berlin, DE @ Admiralspalast
June 8 – Hamburg, DE @ ELBJAZZ 2024
June 9 – Koln, DE @ Gloria-Theater
June 11 – Feyzin, FR @ L’Epicerie Moderne Feyzin
June 12 – Nimes, FR @ Paloma – Grande Salle
June 13 – Donostia, ES @ Kursaal
June 29 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
June 30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Bostheater
July 2 – Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus
August 2 – Glasgow, UK @ The Glasgow Weekender
August 3 – Glasgow, UK @ The Glasgow Weekender

# w/ Haley Heynderickx
% The Weather Station

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