In the late 90s, Scotland, a nation of only 5 million people, was by some considered as the next Seattle. With bands like Belle & Sebastian, Primal Scream and Teenage Fanclub, Scotland truly was a music force to be reckoned with. Among this group of excellent bands, Arab Strap was always the darkest. With their outspoken, confrontational yet often funny lyrics sung in Scots tongue they lead us into a night where no one sleeps. Over danceable, electro-acoustic beats signed by multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Middleton, vocalist Aidan Moffat talks and sings with a rare honesty.
Arab Strats debut album ‘The Week Never Starts Round Here’ was released in 1996. It was followed by another five albums before they split up in 2006. 2021, after a 16-year long gap, Arab Strap returned with the fantastic album ‘As Days Get Dark’ and once again invited us into the very sincere and unique universe that is Arab Strap. Make sure to catch them at Way Out West 2022.