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Arab Strap announce first album for fifteen years

By | Published on Wednesday 25 November 2020

Arab Strap

Arab Strap have announced that they will release their first album since 2005 – and since reforming in 2016 – next March, titled ‘As Days Get Dark’. “It’s about hopelessness and darkness”, says the duo’s Aidan Moffat of the LP. “But in a fun way”.

“This album feels like its own new thing to me”, he goes on. “It’s definitely Arab Strap, but an older and wiser one, and quite probably a better one. We’re still doing what we always do: Malcolm [Middleton] gives me some guitar parts then I’ll fuck about with them and put some drum machines and words over the top”.

“We’ve had enough distance from our earlier work to reappraise and dissect the good and bad elements of what we did”, adds Middleton. “Not many bands get to do this, so it’s great to split up”.

The album is set for release on 5 Mar 2021. Its announcement is accompanied by new single ‘Compersion Part 1’ and tour dates for September next year, which we’ve listed for you here:

4 Sep: Manchester Academy 2
5 Sep: Dublin, Vicar Street
6 Sep: Birmingham, The Mill
7 Sep: Bristol, SWX
8 Sep: London, Electric Ballroom
9 Sep: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Boiler Shop
10 Sep: Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom