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Falkirk, Scotland, UK (1995 – 2006)

Arab Strap was a band from Falkirk, Scotland, UK, signed for the majority of their albums to independent record label Chemikal Underground. The duo had a short lived flirtation with a major label at the peak of their critical acclaim (after “Philophobia”) when they signed to Go!Beat records (a former independent label now owned by Universal).

Vocalist Aidan Moffat and multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Middleton met in Falkirk, bonded over their mutual love for Drag City recording artists such as Smog and Will Oldham, and began a collaboration in 1995. The band is completed by violinist Jenny Reeve and cellist Stacey Sievewright. Arab Strap’s marked characteristics include frank and forthright lyrics delivered in a Scottish brogue.

Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton confirmed the rumours about the end of Arab Strap on 8th September 2006. They celebrated their Ten Years of Tears with a tour through the UK and the rest of Europe. After UK/Europe, they made a short secret tour in Japan as the last of Arab Strap.


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  • thelionrampant

    monday at the hug and pint it a huge album

    20 Jul 5:52pm Reply
  • mankycaaant

    I don't think their debut gets enough credit for how experimental and brave it is. For a new band, mixing their sound up so much and trying so many different and unique things on their first outing is highly commendable.

    14 Jul 5:09pm Reply
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    22 Jun 12:22pm Reply
  • mankycaaant

    Philophobia is one of the greatest albums ever. [2]

    20 Jun 3:13pm Reply
  • crystal_rat88

    Philophobia is one of the greatest albums ever.

    6 Jun 1:06am Reply
  • Cuccumerlo

    will we set next door and watch the soaps--

    2 May 7:24pm Reply
  • Heroin_Hero


    2 May 12:21pm Reply
  • Ayan-Ray

    Goddamn you, Aidan. Only your cynicism is beautiful.

    29 Apr 5:55pm Reply
  • NasadiyaCH

    one of the most underrated bands ever. love em more than i can tell

    20 Apr 3:26am Reply
  • berkpontifex

    hit 25k plays, how salty?

    29 Jan 9:57am Reply
  • pinkcigarettepf

    i've been sitting on arab strap for too long. they're on a completely different level. i like posting on lastfm. i find self-enjoyment in everything i do. i would have liked me last night. i can't get over it. you know. i hope.

    2 Jan 9:35am Reply
  • jinzou

    take my life and rub it in your brain :(x

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • TeenageRiot-

    Yeah, they played a one off show in Sleazy's a few years back but it sold out fast since it's a small venue and they have a such a large cult following. It would be good if they could do it again, maybe even have more than one gig this time.

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • LittleGib

    @AnAppleScruff: They did a few years ago, so its entirely possible they would do again.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • AnAppleScruff

    I don'y give up the hope that one day they will reunite for one gig, maybe in Glasgow <3

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • benson_x

    Soaps is just otherworldy

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • LittleGib

    Yeah, every release has something interesting to offer. And i can't say i dislike The Red Thread, but it feels to me like a bit of a slog to get through, even though it isn't particularly long.

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TeenageRiot-

    I'm not entirely sure why I like it so much, it's just the one album of theirs that really clicked for me. No disrespect to the rest of their discography with that statement though. They never once put out a bad album. The Last Romance in particular does not get enough love!

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • umberto71

    but Philophobia is not only the best Arab-Strap-Record, but ranks among the best 10 records of all times. It's sadcore, really no other word for it. You can hear the hangover on a saturday/sunday morning, or simply any other day. Red Thread also has its highs.

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • LittleGib

    Its not an opinion i'm acquainted with, but its nice to hear it works for some. What do you particularly like about it?

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
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