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Arab on Radar

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Arab on Radar are a Providence, Rhode Island based noise rock band founded in 1994. They went on hiatus in 2002. Members of the band went on to form or join the bands The Chinese Stars, Athletic Automaton, Made in Mexico, and most recently Doomsday Student. The band reformed in 2010 but promptly disbanded.


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.

Arab on Radar's early sound was typified by thickly distorted, repeated bass grooves, 4/4 drum beats, and two deafening guitars that employed contrasting melodies and near-unison chords that drew comparisons to the Contortions. Their live shows often featured spitting, trisomic parody, and full nudity.

After Andrea Fiset's departure, the band developed a more abstract sound and they began to draw comparisons to Sonic Youth. Arab on Radar may be considered catalysts for the revival of no wave (also called neo-no wave), a scene that began to gain popularity with bands like Lightning Bolt and the Locust in the early part of the 21st century.

Three One G released an Arab On Radar DVD entitled Sunshine for Shady People in 2008. It includes a short documentary and footage from a number of live performances.

All of Arab on Radar's album cover art was created by Matt Brinkman.

On April 13, 2010 Justin Pearson announced on his Facebook page that Arab on Radar has reformed. On April 26, Skin Graft Records announced that Arab on Radar would perform at Dude Fest 2010, with more tour dates to follow. The band did tour the east coast, however they canceled west coast dates and their new albums' recording session for unknown reasons.

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Name Duration Released
#5 10-7-98 02:04 1999
#4 1-31-99 01:40 1999
#6 10-20-98 01:38 1999
#1 9-12-98 01:43 1999
#7 2-16-99 01:40 1999




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