We are delighted to welcome Arab Strap for the first time to Festival No.6.
Twenty years since their formation, and a decade since they parted ways, Scottish cult-pop duo Arab Strap reunited for three birthday shows – or funeral anniversaries, call them what you will – in London, Manchester and Glasgow last October.
Aside from an acoustic set at Glasgow’s Nice N Sleazy five years ago, vocalist Aidan Moffat and guitarist Malcolm Middleton have not performed as Arab Strap since their final (secret) show in Japan in 2006, following the release of their sixth studio album, and swansong, The Last Romance (2005).
The notion of anniversary gigs was first raised at the band’s wake, says Middleton. “I think the day we went to the pub and split up, we made a joke about Arab Strap getting back together in 10 years’ time to celebrate. So that’s basically what this is: a chance to enjoy the music we made once more.”
In light of all this alt-pop action, there’s no talk of new Arab Strap material or future plans, but here’s to three big birthday parties to revel in old songs, old times. Here’s to hugs and pints and shy retirers; to hey fever and oxytocin; to packs of three and big weekends and drunkards musing at the bar. Here’s to where it all began.