A.R.E. Weapons Bring The Grit And Grime Back To NYC

posted June 11, 2010

A.R.E. Weapons Bring The Grit And Grime Back To NYC

It’s been nearly a decade since A.R.E. Weapons first seduced New York with a sound that was at once infectious, confrontational, and sardonic. Now founding members Brain McPeck and Matt McAuley are returning with their new album, "Darker Blue," out June 29th on Defend Music. The art-punk electro duo continue to pay homage to the Velvet Underground and Suicide, and have added a psychobilly element that wasn’t originally present in their early days. However, the band’s signature lyrical style and exuberant spirit are once again the heart and soul of the album.

The band has also just released “The Darker Blue Trilogy.” The clip is a weird and wild odyssey filled with dirty basements, subway tunnels, and some serious sidewalk creeps… as FADER says, “If it ain’t enough, you’re greedy.” Directed by NYC photographer Tim Barber, the video features three songs from "Darker Blue."

The genesis of the Weapons can be traced back to 1997 when the guys were lured into moving to New York after one of their early bands, Ayler’s Angels, was invited to open for Thurston Moore at the Cooler. After performing in various free jazz and no wave inspired acts, A.R.E. Weapons formed. The band quickly became notorious for their chaotic performances, which often took place at art galleries instead of traditional rock venues. Upon hearing their demo, Jarvis Cocker recommended them to Rough Trade Records who eventually released their self-titled debut in 2003. Now the guys have come full circle and recently have even collaborated with one of their heroes, Suicide’s Alan Vega.

Video: A.R.E. Weapons - "The Darker Blue Trilogy"