“Arab on Radar's first show was in the cafeteria on the Rhode Island College campus. While the band was opening for Marilyn Manson at a Providence club called Babyhead, they were chased out of the club by angry audience members.” - Wikipedia
“Arab On Radar were torchbearers of a new breed of deconstructionists, mixing mind-melting abrasiveness with punk’s calculated aggression: avant-rock made by cerebral high-art-cumpunk-lovin’ dudes who probably kept their Black Flag records stashed near their Stockhausen. Somewhere along the way, people got amazed and confused.” - CMJ
During the sessions that would become their final album “Yahweh or the Highway”, Arab On Radar recorded updated versions of two tracks that had originally appeared on a split 7” EP with The Locust a year earlier. Locked away on a roll of analog tape since 2001, the band and SKiN GRAFT Records are making these unheard recordings available digitally and in an edition of 550 7” vinyl singles. Produced by Weasel Walter in 2001 at Sound Station Seven, each 7" single comes with a hand fabricated aluminum jacket, custom polished and treated by the band’s own Mr. Clinical Depression and then screen-printed with new artwork by Mat Brinkman and Neil Burke. No two sleeves are alike. The single comes complete with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity and a heavy, double-sided tri-fold sleeve featuring band photos and lyrics.
“Like U.S. Maple's runty little cousin, Arab On Radar's avant-gargling wasn't some dry exercise in "playing the spaces between notes." They clogged those spaces, distended them, poked them inside out. I've seen plenty of discordant bands and enjoyed lots of annoying records over the
years–but there will always be a special place in my heart (and a soft spot in my brain) reserved for this one-two cockpunch of transcendental retardation.” - A.V. Club
Released by SKiN GRAFT Records.
released January 12, 2012
Mr. Type A: guitar
Mr. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: vocals
Mr. Clinical Depression: guitar
Mr. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: drums