A.R.E. Weapons

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A.R.E. Weapons
OriginNew York City, New York, USA
Years active1999 - present
MembersBrain F. McPeck
Matthew McAuley
Paul Sevigny
Erik Rapin
Past membersThomas Bullock
Ryan Noel

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.[1][2] Their live shows are noted for their aggressiveness and confrontational style.[2] Rough Trade was encouraged to sign the band after Pulp's Jarvis Cocker heard A.R.E. Weapons live.[2]

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.[2]


  • Matthew McAuley - bassist
  • Brain F. McPeck - vocalist
  • Paul Sevigny - synthesizer
  • Erik Rapin - drums

Former members[edit]

  • Thomas Bullock - synthesizer (left)
  • Ryan Noel (aka 'Rylo Nolo') - guitarist (deceased)



  • A.R.E. Weapons - April 1, 2003
  • Free in the Streets - September 20, 2005
  • Keys Money Cigarettes - March 21, 2006
  • Modern Mayhem - September 11, 2007
  • Darker Blue - November 11, 2009


  • Street Gang - July, 2001 - UK #73[3]
  • New York Muscle - November, 2001
  • Hey World - May 27, 2003

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,[4] with McAuley on vocals and McPeck playing the guitar.


  1. ^ "The Soul Of A New Microsoft". Business Week. 4 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-27.
  2. ^ a b c d Andy Kellman. "A.R.E. Weapons". Allmusic. Retrieved 2006-11-27.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 12. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Brunelle, Chris (5 October 2010). ""TV Baby" by TV Baby". Impose Magazine. Retrieved 20 September 2012.

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