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Arab Strap

Arab Strap created a stir in the indie music world with their debut single, “The First Big Weekend” was hailed by BBC’s Radio One as “the best record of the decade.” Although Arab Strap is established in the alternative music world, last year’s successful tour with Bright Eyes opened up a new audience for the band with some critics proclaiming Arab Strap’s “post-emo vision is real and palpable..

The Arab Strap tale begins in Falkirk, Scotland in the mid-90s, a "shit town lying in the barren land twixt Edinburgh and Glasgow" as the band describe it, but anyone who ...read more

Arab Strap created a stir in the indie music world with their debut single, “The First Big Weekend” was hailed by BBC’s Radio One as “the best record of the decade.” Although Arab Strap is established in the alternative music world, last year’s successful tour with Bright Eyes opened up a new audience for the band with some critics proclaiming Arab Strap’s “post-emo vision is real and palpable..

The Arab Strap tale begins in Falkirk, Scotland in the mid-90s, a "shit town lying in the barren land twixt Edinburgh and Glasgow" as the band describe it, but anyone who's been knows it to be much worse, even with the infamous Wheel. Two men - Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton - scratching around in various bands, enjoying the delights of Falkirk - a town portrayed as being lifeless and dull (despite having a bowling alley and Laser Quest) and inhabited by alcoholics and drug takers, who indulge in fighting and casual sex for hobbies. Such disregard for one's homeland is never good and it was no surprise that the town disowned the band, even though both were born there, attended Falkirk High School and, for all their sins, support the local football team. However, as they say “every silver lining has a cloud..

It's in this unlikely place, the doldrums of life, that Arab Strap was born. Aidan, having counteracted the boredom of Falkirk by spending many an afternoon leafing through stolen porn magazines, had an amusement for a gent's sex aid, called an Arab Strap. For amusement purposes more than symbolism the band was christened and Aidan and Malcolm began their adventure as Arab Strap.

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