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- Sep 03Sep03Find ticketsGlen Pavillion - Dunfermline Arab Strap Sep 03 19:00 On partner siteFri 19:00Glen Pavillion - DunfermlineArab StrapOn partner site
- Sep 04Sep04Find ticketsManchester Academy 2 - Manchester Arab Strap Sep 04 19:30Sat 19:30Manchester Academy 2 - ManchesterArab Strap
- Sep 07Sep07Find ticketsSWX - Bristol Arab Strap Sep 07 19:00 On partner siteTue 19:00SWX - BristolArab StrapOn partner site
- Sep 08Sep08Find ticketsElectric Ballroom - London Arab Strap Sep 08 19:00 On partner siteWed 19:00Electric Ballroom - LondonArab StrapOn partner site
- Sep 09Sep09Find ticketsBoiler Shop - Newcastle upon Tyne Arab Strap Sep 09 19:00 On partner siteThu 19:00Boiler Shop - Newcastle upon TyneArab StrapOn partner site
The pioneering Scottish indie outfit reunited
Arab Strap were a major part of the Glasgow music scene in the late ’90s and early ’00s, when they helped define the sadcore genre of indie rock.
Comprised primarily of longtime school friends Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton, the band formed in Falkirk in 1995. Their debut album, The Week Never Starts Round Here, arrived in 1996 on the cool Chemikal Underground label. With an electro-acoustic sound, their music focused on topics like drinking, drugs, jealousy and casual sex.
Five more albums followed over the coming decade featuring Arab Strap’s signature frank, colloquial songwriting: 1998’s Philophobia, 1999’s Elephant Shoe, 2001’s The Red Thread, 2003’s Monday At The Hug & Pint and 2005’s The Last Romance.
In 2006, shortly after the release of their sixth record, the duo called it quits. Although they reformed a decade later for a series of UK festival appearances and live shows, it was 15 years before Arab Strap reunited and released new music.
When the single The Turning Of Our Bones came out on 1 September 2020, it was named Record Of The Week on Jo Whiley's BBC Radio 2 show. That was followed in November by another track, Compersion Pt. 1., along with the announcement their seventh album As Days Get Dark would arrive on 5 March 2021. To support it, Arab Strap also confirmed a UK tour for September 2021.
“We’ve had enough distance from our earlier work to reappraise and dissect the good and bad elements of what we did,” said Middleton about their new material. “Not many bands get to do this, so it’s great to split up.”
Arab Strap are touring the UK from 4 – 9 September 2021.
Arab Strap will be playing four UK shows in the following venues:
- Manchester Academy 2
- SWX, Bristol
- Electric Ballroom, London
- Boiler Shop, Newcastle upon Tyne
Tickets for all Arab Strap's 2021 tour dates are on sale now.