Photo Credit : Paul Savage
REWORK “FABLE OF THE URBAN FOX” (CHECK/FAULT MIX)
Top 20 album ‘As Days Get Dark’ out now on Rock Action
Duo confirm End of The Road festival + September 2021 UK live shows
‘As Days Get Dark’, Arab Strap‘s seventh studio album and their first for 16 years, was a record that managed to feel like both evolution and revolution: a continuation of what has come before whilst also a bold leap into the future.
In that spirit, Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton have remixed themselves on the new single and album standout ‘Fable of the Urban Fox’.
Moffat explains: “When I wrote the lyrics for this in 2019, I was hoping its obvious allegorical message might not be relevant by the time it came out, but sadly it seems the lack of humanity in government and influence of right-wing media continues to prevail. We had a lot of good feedback for the album version, so it was suggested we release it as a single, but we felt it was a bit too long and attempted to trim it – but one thing led to another and pretty soon it became a proper remix with new parts and drums, much like we did with (Afternoon) Soaps back in the old days. So it’s the same song in a new outfit – a tighter fit for a new season, suitable for all occasions.”
The song comes with an accompanying video directed by Rose Hendry, and stars film, TV and stage actress Fiona O’Shaughnessy.
Hendry expands on the concept: “The film for ‘Fable Of The Urban Fox’ explores the immediate aftermath of a moment of irreversible violence, by a woman who for reasons unknown to her, has snapped. What happens when you realise you have done something terrible? Can you be forgiven? Can we be unknowingly coerced into doing something we wouldn’t normally do?
“The music and lyrics in ‘Fable Of The Urban Fox’ are so emotive and visually rich. It’s dark and stormy but there’s also an overall sense of hope in amongst something which ends up violent in imagery. When I thought about a fox, I thought about someone trying to survive and someone with a dream. I thought about people who leave home for hope of a better life whether on the edge of existence or for something better than their current. Hope and dreams are what move people.”
On its release, As Days Gets Dark was praised to the hilt and entered the Official UK Charts at No.14. Well, as Middleton predicted, “There’s no point getting back together to release mediocrity.”
September 2021 UK Tour Dates:
3rd Dunfermline Glen Pavilion
4th Manchester Academy 2
5th Dorset – End of The Road Festival
6th Birmingham Castle & Falcon
7th Bristol Fiddlers
8th London Electric Ballroom
9th Newcastle upon Tyne Boiler Shop
10th Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom SOLD OUT
Praise for As Days Get Dark:
“An album by a band able to grow and change without compromising their spirit” MOJO (Album of the Month)
“A comeback album that feels vital” 8/10 Uncut
“Arab Strap are back with a vengeance. And it’s f*cking glorious.” 9/10 Clash
“Arab Strap have delivered their defining record.” 4/5 NME
“A welcome musical return from the caustic Scottish duo” 5/5 The Arts Desk
“As Days Get Dark is a remarkable return, a new Arab Strap that updates, deepens and re-energises their sound.” 4.5/5 Music OMH
“Moffat and Middleton at their absolute best.” The Quietus
“Coming on like a union between Sleaford Mods and Leonard Cohen consummated in a Glasgow pub toilet” 4/5 The Observer
“More vital than ever” 4/5 DIY