Website Official site
Members Thomas Bullock, Ryan Noel
|Years active 1999 - present|
|Past members Thomas Bullock
Origin New York City, New York, United States (1999)
Albums Modern Mayhem, Darker Blue, Free in the Streets, A.R.E. Weapons
Record labels Defend Music Inc., Rough Trade America, Defend Music
Similar Rub N Tug, Map of Africa, Ulterior, Theoretical Girls, DJ Harvey
A.R.E. Weapons is a noise-rock band from New York City. Formed in 1999 by Matthew McAuley, Brain F. McPeck, and Ryan Noel, A.R.E. Weapons has been described as hardcore electro-rock. Their live shows are noted for their aggressiveness and confrontational style. Rough Trade was encouraged to sign the band after Pulp's Jarvis Cocker heard A.R.E. Weapons live.
A.R.E. Weapons released two singles, "Street Gang" and "New York Muscle", in 2001. Before the release of their eponymous 2003 album, synthesizer player Thomas Bullock was replaced by their manager Paul Sevigny (brother of actress Chloë Sevigny). Guitarist Ryan Noel died in 2004 of a heroin overdose. The remaining members recorded their second album, Free in the Streets, which was released in 2005.
There was also a four track sampler EP released in the UK, with the tracks; "Don't Be Scared", "Fuck You Pay Me", "Headbanger Face" and "Black Mercedes".
McAuley and McPeck also formed another band, TV Baby, which recorded a self-titled album in 2010, with McAuley on vocals and McPeck playing the guitar.
Don’t Be ScaredARE Weapons · 2003
Fuck You Pay MeARE Weapons · 2003
Street GangARE Weapons · 2003