From 1995-2006, Glasgow duo Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton perfected a dour strain of electro-acoustic indie rock under the name Arab Strap. Inspired by the urban folk and Midwestern post-rock of the Drag City label, their records for Chemikal Underground felt like the clever, disaffected ramblings of a smart-aleck drunkard just before he passed out on the bar. Other than a one-off reunion show in 2011, Arab Strap haven’t been active for 10 years, but it looks like they’re launching a full reunion this week. Moffat and Middleton shared the above artwork on Twitter, and the band’s official site announces that they’ll join BBC Radio 6’s Steve Lamacq in studio this Wednesday at 4PM BST. Shy retirers no more, it seems!
UPDATE: Arab Strap have announced three reunion shows to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, The Week Never Starts Round Here, and their existence as a band. They’re also releasing a new version of their debut single, “The First Big Weekend,” which is called “The First Big Weekend Of 2016.” That will be out tomorrow. Check out the tour dates below.
10/13 London, UK @ Electric Brixton
10/14 Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz Manchester
10/15 Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom
Tickets will be available on Friday (6/17) at 9AM Scotland time (4AM EST). Details here.