A.R.E. Weapons

Decades: 2000s


Often compared to 70s era electronic-based punk terrorists such as Suicide and Berlin -era Iggy Pop, this US ‘electroclash’ outfit mines similar sonic territory. Founding members Brain McPeck (vocals), Matt (Matthew McAuley; bass), Ryan Noel (b. 1975, USA, d. 28 June 2004, New York City, New York, USA; guitar) and Thomas Bullock (synthesizer) originally came together while each were DJing at the downtown New York hot spot, Sweet & Vicious. Shortly thereafter, they issued a hard-to-find debut album (which was purposely not titled), on their own label, Weapons Music. Despite the record having very limited distribution, it successfully landed A.R.E. Weapons a recording contract with renowned independent label Rough Trade Records. The label issued two singles by A.R.E. Weapons during 2001, ‘Street Gang’ (New Music Express’ Single Of The Week) and ‘New York Muscle’. By this point Bullock had been replaced on stage by the...

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