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Malcolm Middleton


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Falkirk, United Kingdom (1995 – present)

Malcolm Middleton (born Malcolm Bruce Middleton on 31 December 1973 and raised in Falkirk, Scotland) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, best known best known for his work with Aidan Moffat in post-folk indie band, Arab Strap, and for his subsequent solo career, writing and producing. In 2012 he released a self-titled album under the name Human Don’t Be Angry.

Middleton began in the 1990s playing both bass and guitar, and sometimes singing, in several bands including Purple Bass Plectrum, Rabid Lettuce, Pigtube and The Laughing Stock. In 1995, Middleton and Aidan Moffat, after sharing their love of musical artists such as Smog and Will Oldham, began making music under the name “Arab Strap”. The band released six studio albums.

In 2002, while in between Arab Strap albums, both he and bandmate Moffat pursued different solo projects, Moffat’s being the ambient Lucky Pierre; Middleton, writing lyrics and singing for the first time, recorded the cathartic 5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull Alcohol John Nicotine for Chemikal Underground.

Middleton released the slightly more optimistic album Into The Woods in the summer of 2005, again between Arab Strap records.

In late 2006, Arab Strap split after ten years together, leading Malcolm to focus on his solo work full-time. He swiftly signed to Full Time Hobby and the appropriately-titled third album, A Brighter Beat, was released in February 2007.


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