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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 is 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' and chart topper 'Horny men', both written and arranged by Paul Z. But it didn't stop there, the "welders" rose to fame and fortune when an extended invitation from Greg Martin (head master of Kinnoull campus) invited the welders to perform at Yanginook with their rendition of New Year's Day originally written by U2. A standing ovation secured the welders in to the Boroondara and Stonnington community. They truly were the talk of the town. It was rumoured that the welder's rendition of New Years Day was in fact better than the original mainly because Paul Z included above head hand claps to engage with his audience half way through the song. However there was a minor setback with the stage plot. Michael R the pianist and co founder of the welders left the stage disgruntled after voicing his anger to the stage manager that the piano was set in such a way where his back would face the audience. the Arcwelders decided to call it day after a disagreement of a vocal arrangement to a cover of The Kinks - All day and all of the night. Drummer of the band, Rob M, would replace the lyrics from 'girl I want to be with you in the day time all day and all of the night" with "boss, i'd like a pie with sauce and a donut as well to top it all off". The Brothers D were also disgusted with this as was keyboardist Michael R, whose relationship with the Band also continued to deteriorate due to the criticism around his one handed keyboard playing. 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.



  • 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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