"I have no need of paradise": If your dream Good Friday involves watching a tormented priest spraying Holy Water on a werewolf's face, we have an early Easter treat for you

Arab Strap
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Arab Strap have unveiled Strawberry Moon as the second single from their excellently-titled forthcoming album I’m totally fine with it 👍 don’t give a fuck anymore 👍, with an accompanying video featuring band members Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton portraying a priest and a werewolf in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse across the streets of Glasgow.

The video marks the first time the duo have fully appeared in a video together in almost 25 years.

"Aye, it's been a while," Moffat says. "So we thought we should go all out – costumes, make-up, special effects, acting, mobility scooter and all."

“Lyrically, it's maybe the most personal song on the album,” Moffat adds, “about a period when I wasn't doing very well, both mentally and physically. I was walking with a cane and in pain most of the time, and drowning my sorrows too, trapped at home and watching the phases of the moon through a window. The moon always seems to pop up in my lyrics, and the song's a sort of secular hymn in praise of her constant change. She's always a comfort, always hopeful, and always makes me smile.” 

Watch the video below.

I’m totally fine with it 👍 don’t give a fuck anymore 👍 will be released on May 10 via Rock Action Records.

The duo also have an English tour lined up for May, and dates in Ireland and Scotland in September. They will visit:

May 20: Carlisle The Brickyard
May 21: Sunderland Fire Station
May 22: Birmingham Castle & Falcon
May 23: Bristol Lantern
May 24: London Koko
May 25: Manchester Gorilla
May 26: Leeds Brudenell

Sep 11: Belfast Empire
Sep 12: Limerick Dolans
Sep 13: Galway Roisin Dubh
Sep 14: Dublin Whelans’
Sep 16: St. Andrews The Byre Theatre
Sep 17: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Sep 18: Edinburgh La Belle Angèle
Sep 19: Dumfries The Venue
Sep 20: Galashiels MAC Arts
Sep 21: Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.