Dour Scottish Post-Folk duo Arab Strab is to reunite this month for a series of UK concerts in support of their holiday-themed album, An Arab Strap Xmas, their first studio recording since 2005.
The album features mostly original tracks, inspired by the holiday season. Fans can expect the duo's characteristic focus on the seedier, hope-extinguishing aspects of life.
"Right from the first lines of 'Wank-Stocking', you'll know it's pure Arab Strap," says so-called vocalist Aidan Moffat, referring to a song about a young man who uses his friend's older sister's Christmas stocking as a cum-bag.
The band recorded no traditional Christmas carols for the album, but did perform a version of the Pogue's "Fairytale of New York" as a bonus track. Kirsty MacColl's lines are sung by Middleton.
"We went back and forth over who was gonnae be the girl on that track," says Moffat. "In the end Mal had to dae it, because I've put on a lot of weight, and we both hate fat chicks."
Adele Bethel, who traditionally provided female vocals for Arab Strap recordings, was unavailable due to commitments to her far more successful band, Sons and Daughters.
Happy Birthday Jesus. Hope you like Strap