Their music is sensitive and pretty, they're affable on stage and charming in interviews. It's not all been smooth sailing, however.
When they formed in Glasgow in the mid-'90s, they were a group of misfits and wallflowers, led by a sickly frontman whose chronic fatigue illness left him with barely enough energy to perform their sensitive indie pop tunes. They were outliers in a British rock industry dominated by laddish bravado.
But over time, they grew from a cult phenomenon into a commercially viable pop powerhouse.
Their ramshackle tunes have become polished and sleek, and their live performances have gone from reserved to flamboyant. Although they've never dominated the charts, they've sustained a year career and continue to sell out theatres around the world.
This winter, the band are releasing a series of three EPs — a throwback to their early days, when they confounded label expectations by releasing non-album singles.
As the group go about issuing the three instalments of How to Solve Our Human Problems, we look back on their rise from outsiders to icons.
The middle child, with an older sister and younger brother, he spends much of his childhood in Alloway, a quiet suburb of the coastal town of Ayr that's best known as the birthplace of poet Robert Burns. His parents force him to take piano lessons and, as a preteen, he forms a band called the Kintyre Keynotes with some school friends.
They play instrumental Beatles covers at a few local events. He wants to grow up to become an airline pilot, but this dream is crushed when an eye exam reveals that he's colour-blind. As a teenager, he has jobs driving a tractor on a farm and driving a delivery van.
Murdoch is interested in sports and, inhe runs the Glasgow marathon. He studies physics at Glasgow University, but his interest in school dwindles as he becomes obsessed with music. He loves the Smiths and Felt, and he moonlights as a roadie, DJ and record store employee.
All of these pursuits are interrupted in his third year of school when he falls ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. This begins a seven-year period in which he is too ill to hold a job. After three years at home, he returns to Glasgow and attempts an English degree, but he's still not healthy enough to finish school.
He sometimes goes alone to a dance club on Saturday nights or works a shift in a pub, and he spends a week recovering after these outings. He writes his first song, titled "There's No Holding Back.
He visits a spiritual healer who places her hands on his body for an hour, and he credits her with helping his recovery: Even after his health starts to improve, a minor virus like a cold will take months to recover from.
He sells his record collection to fund a trip to San Francisco for three months inwhere he nurtures a budding interest in songwriting and learns to play guitar. He travels with a fellow chronic fatigue sufferer named Michael, and they find that the California climate helps their condition.The group reunite with producer Tony Hoffer in Los Angeles for Belle and Sebastian Write About Love, which tones down the accessible pop energy of recent albums while still maintaining their AM.
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