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Performing at Touch and Go Records' 25th anniversary.

Arcwelder is an American punk band which formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1988. The band, a perennial local favorite, consists of brothers Rob and Bill Graber and Scott Macdonald, all of whom share in the tasks of songwriting and singing.

Under their original name Tilt-A-Whirl, the band released their first album, This, in 1990 on the small Minneapolis label Big Money, Inc. As the record was being released, the band was sued for trademark infringement by Sellner Manufacturing, the manufacturer of the Tilt-A-Whirl amusement ride. Rather than go to court, the band changed their name to Arcwelder, the title of an instrumental on the record. The initial release of This had a disclaimer sticker noting the lack of affiliation between the ride's manufacturer and the band.[1]

Arcwelder has toured the U.S., with such bands as the Jesus Lizard, Jawbox, and Tar, and has played shows with such artists as Dirty Three, Pegboy, Caspar Brötzmann, and Cows.

In 1992, the song, "Favor", from the album, Jacket Made in Canada, appeared at number 32 on John Peel's "Festive Fifty".[2]

In both 2002 and 2012, Arcwelder was invited to perform in the UK All Tomorrow's Parties music festival, by those years' curators Shellac. The names of all three members of Arcwelder appear on the cover of the 1997 Shellac album, The Futurist.

All of the original members of the band reformed for a performance at the Touch and Go 25th anniversary celebration held September 8–10, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.[3]

Arcwelder has no relation to the now-defunct Australian band "The Arcwelders", a Melbourne-based band that performed at various venues between 1989 and 1994 and are also best known for the hit song, 'This Place'. Contrary to popular belief, the members remain in constant contact. Some ex-members of The Arcwelders are known to be fans of Arcwelder after seeing them at a show in Minnesota.[citation needed]



  • This (Big Money, Inc, 1990)
  • Jacket Made In Canada (Big Money, Inc, 1991)
  • Pull (Touch and Go, 1993)[4]
  • Xerxes (Touch and Go, 1994)
  • Entropy (Touch and Go, 1996)
  • Everest (Touch and Go, 1999)[5]

7" Singles[edit]

  • "Pint Of Blood" b/w "Define My Life" (Sonic Boom Records, 1988)
  • "Favor" b/w "Plastic" (Douphonic/ Big Money Inc, 1992)
  • "I Am The Walrus" b/w "Sign Of The Times" (Big Money Inc, 1992)
  • "Raleigh" b/w "Rosa, Walls" (Touch and Go, 1992)
  • "Captain Allen" b/w "White Elephant" (Touch and Go, 1995)


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  4. ^ "Lost Classics: Arcwelder "Pull"". Magnet Magazine. 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  5. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (1999-09-28). "Arcwelder. Everest". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2014-04-21.

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