We need bands like Arab Strap. In these times of production
line pop stars and cognate, corporate clones, Aidan
and Malcolms music remains unique, observant and
callously honest. Listening to their material can be
both uncomfortably voyeuristic and engagingly provocative
in a way that so few of their contemporaries can even
hope to approximate. [...]
The new album
Coming in April, the new Arab Strap CD/LP, 'Mondays
At The Hug & Pint'.
The 5th studio album from the Glaswegian duo of Aidan
Moffat and Malcom Middleton might be the most ambitious
and bracing of their brief, action-packed career. While
not entirely departing from Arab Strap's tried & tested
equation of relationship-autopsies set to a disco beat,
'Mondays...' is so brutally focused, both lyrically
and musically, that this might as well be the band's
first album (and we mean that in a good way). Both principals
seem revitalized following their recent solo forays
and if this isn't an early contender for the Best Album
of 2003, that's only because competition between artists
is so terribly wrong (just ask Marlon Brando). On tour
this April with Bright Eyes.
track listing :
The Shy Retirer
Meanwhile, At The Bar, A Drunkard Muses
Fucking Little Bastards
Who Named The Days?
Loch Leven intro
Act of War
The Week Never Starts Round Here
Strap All of their songs are love songs. Sort
Detective, the new single (in the UK at least)
from the forthcoming Arab Strap album The Red
Thread, is available for download
starting Tuesday, February 6th. The band are about to
begin a brief UK tour, and with any luck, well
have North American dates to announce before long.
Strap Welcome back
Thanks to a lovely licensing arrangement weve
made with the smart & talented crew at Chemikal Underground
Recordings of Glasgow, Arab Strap will once again be
releasing new records on the Matador label in North
America. The 4th Arab Strap album, not counting the
Mad For Sadness live thing that someone
else put out, The Red Thread on February
27. When we call this album the most intense, soul-stirring
work of the bands career, we in no way wish to
disparage their previous albums or the men and women
whose lives are discussed on them. When we have full
track listings, samples of the art work and news about
US dates... well, that probably means well have
read them somewhere else. But we are not above cutting
and pasting, oh no.
06/06/00 Ex-Matador band in multiple label
In addition to releasing the (old) new Arab Strap record
(Elephant Shoe) in North America on June
6th, Jetset is also releasing the live record that proceeded
it, Mad For Sadness, on July 4th. If that
wasnt thrilling enough, Arab Strap have returned
to the label that brought them to worldwide prominence,
Chemikal Underground, which is very happy news. Thats
what they call dancing with who brung ya,
though chances are no one was dancing.
04/18/98 The new
Arab Strap album, Philophobia is has heads turning.
Our source at Chemikal Underground (Arab Strap's UK
label) informs us that the record is #26 is the UK charts
and getting massive press... not to mention stuff like
RAPPED FOR SLAGGING TOWN
SCOTLAND'S newest cult pop stars have been disowned
by their home town after branding it rundown and
Falkirk folk are also angry that Aidan Moffat
and Malcolm Middleton - alias the group Arab Strap
- depict them as violent alcoholics and drug addicts.
Both were born in the town, attended Falkirk High
and supported the local football club.
Their lyrics portray the town as lifeless and
dull and its townspeople as alcoholics and drug
takers whose main pastimes are fighting and casual
Their attacks on their home town have provoked
Provost Alex Fowler said, "These people are a
disgrace to Falkirk and everything they say about
our town is wrong."
The remarks have also sparked a backlash against
their music among local youngsters.
Avril Denholm, 16, said: "Falkirk is a good place.
The nightlife is good and there is no problem
with drugs or fighting."