The pioneering Falkirk duo of Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton called it a
day in 2006 before getting back together 10 years later to perform a
series of acclaimed, sold-out shows. ‘We really enjoyed doing those gigs,’
recalls Middleton. ‘So, it made sense to try writing together again’.
Strap started out as an intimate project with home-recorded tapes shared
between friends, but after the unexpected success of their inimitable
debut single ‘The First Big Weekend’ they quickly found themselves, along
with pals Mogwai, as some of the most exciting and cherished music
coming out of Scotland. The band went from indie record label Chemikal
Underground onto the major label Go! Beat and then back again
to Chemikal, touring the world and funnelling life’s experiences
into a unique concoction of music that explored beauty, sadness,
intoxicants, sex, love, and death all rolled into one.
returned in 2021 with their 7th studio album As Days Get Dark – their
first since 2005’s The Last Romance, which has received widespread
critical acclaim and earned them a shortlist nomination for the SAY
Awards Scottish Album of the Year.