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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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  • jheisel

    2,000 scrobbles

    12 Jul 1:57pm Reply
  • k0zm0naut

    I'm looking for a woman but I'll settle for a shag.

    11 Jun 10:18pm Reply
  • trustmeineedu

    Aidan, i love you.

    20 Apr 3:59pm Reply
  • buildabonfire

    Criminally underrated.

    15 Apr 3:09am Reply
  • james_duval

    v pleeeeeb

    3 Apr 4:45pm Reply
  • Zealant

    As to you, Mr. User With Zero Plays x'D You don't have a leg to stand on for your implication that your taste is so unique; and over what? Just another indie rock band. I'm not worried about it, nor about my top artists being recognizable names. Hipster

    3 Apr 5:22am Reply
  • james_duval

    v happy life to you, mr. Pleb Music Taste

    2 Apr 5:11am Reply
  • Zealant

    Boo-fucking-hoo, Belle & Sebastian used the same words this band borrowed as their band name in an album title. Never heard of Arab Strap before and never will bother listening to them, for that pathetic drama. "They’re taking away something from us;" no, you took away from yourself via a grab for attention. How can you get mad about an homage to you? Selfish pricks.

    30 Mar 2:16am Reply
  • Eluvium_Eluvium

    Лирика очень плаксивая, но проникновенная, кхе.

    13 Feb 8:41pm 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 2014 Reply
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  • mankycaaant

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

    20 Jun 2014 Reply
  • crystal_rat88

    Philophobia is one of the greatest albums ever.

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Cuccumerlo

    will we set next door and watch the soaps--

    2 May 2014 Reply
  • Heroin_Hero


    2 May 2014 Reply
  • Ayan-Ray

    Goddamn you, Aidan. Only your cynicism is beautiful.

    29 Apr 2014 Reply
  • NasadiyaCH

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

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • berkpontifex

    hit 25k plays, how salty?

    29 Jan 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • jinzou

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

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
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