NEW ALBUM : ARAB STRAP announce new album, new single & new UK live shows

(Photo credit: Arab Strap 2024)

Arab Strap announce new album

‘I’m totally fine with it

 don’t give a fuck anymore

Released 10th May 2024 (via Rock Action Records)

 

Watch video for first single “Bliss” here

+ Tickets for new UK tour on-sale now

Following their critically-acclaimed UK Top 20 album “As Days Get Dark”, Arab Strap return with their second long player for Mogwai’s Rock Action Records. ‘I’m totally fine with it  don’t give a fuck anymore is due 10th May 2024 and is available to pre-order/pre-save now on emoji yellow coloured vinyl, CD and digital.

Pre-order “I’m totally fine with it  don’t give a fuck anymore here

Coinciding with this new album announcement is the release today of first single “Bliss”, a song that perfectly exemplifies their most sonically expansive album to date. An almost entirely electronic disco banger with just a hint of trusty guitar, it’s Arab Strap at their most immediate and vital. Lyrically, the song addresses the horrors of online hate, as vocalist Aidan Moffat says “It’s about women being terrorised online; it’s about cowardice and bigotry. It’s about how we expose ourselves on social platforms while hiding alone at home. But you can dance to it too!” The track comes accompanied by a video directed by award-winning, Glasgow based director Ains featuring a striking dancer personifying a character trapped in a dystopian realm.

The album examines many more urgent, timely themes, such as conspiracy theories, online addiction, and the forgotten souls of our seemingly connected planet, all wrapped up in the most adventurous earworms of the band’s career.  The result is a record loaded with what Moffat calls “a quiet anger”, an album with equal parts rage and love for “the tangible world and intangible world, and which one you choose to believe and engage with.”

Almost 28 years after their debut, Arab Strap have never sounded more essential, and this new record is a fierce testament to their laser focus on wider horizons. Written and performed exclusively by Malcolm Middleton and Aidan Moffat, and finessed with longtime collaborator Paul Savage, the album furthers the band’s transformation from swooning, slow-core romantics to raging, alt-pop chroniclers.

‘I’m totally fine with it 👍 don’t give a fuck anymore 👍’ may sound like the title of an album by a band giving up (it’s just a text from the band’s live drummer that Moffat thought was funny) but, in reality, it’s an album that stands to clearly define a new creative period for Arab Strap.  With the band having recently wrapped up a tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1998 album ‘Philophobia’, this new album feels charged by a desire to move forward and explore new terrain. “The tour’s been fun, but I’ll be glad it’s over so we can move on,” laughs Middleton, while Moffat echoes him. “The Philophobia gigs have been a way of saying goodbye to the old us,” he says. “It was a very gentle, quiet tour, so I expect this year we’ll just be playing banger after banger – I think we’ve earned the right to make some noise now.”

The band have today also announced a series of UK live shows to follow the new album release with a fan ticket pre-sale from 10am tomorrow, Wednesday 24th January, and then on general sale 10am Friday 26th January.

You can enjoy “banger after banger” from Arab Strap at the following venues throughout 2024;

 

20th May            Carlisle – The Brickyard

21st May             Sunderland Fire Station

22nd May           Birmingham Castle & Falcon

23rd May            Bristol Lantern

24th May            London Koko

25th May            Manchester Gorilla

26th May            Leeds Brudenell

 

21st Sept           Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom

 

Tickets for all shows available now via https://www.arabstrap.scot/

Album tracklisting;

 

  1. Allatonceness
  2. Bliss
  3. Sociometer Blues
  4. Hide Your Fires
  5. Summer Season
  6. Molehills
  7. Strawberry Moon
  8. You’re Not There
  9. Haven’t You Heard
  10. Safe & Well
  11. Dreg Queen
  12. Turn Off The Light

 

ALBUM PRE-ORDER HERE

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