The Scottish indie world is abuzz with rumours that Arab Strap are about to reform, or at least hit the pub to watch the Euros.

A website at has appeared, with the words ‘Hello again’ and a ticking countdown clock – like a gameshow timer or possibly a number station.

The countdown – at 1 day and 12 hours at the time of typing – is set to expire at midnight on Sunday / Monday – which would appear to the exact 20 year anniversary of ‘The First Big Weekend’ as in the band’s debut single (the Scotland v England match referenced in the song occurred on June 15th 1996).

However, hopes of an actual reformation are high, despite the fact that Malcolm Middleton’s new solo album ‘Summer of ’13’ is just out while Aidan Moffat is in the middle of a promotional whirl for the ‘Where You’re Meant To Be’ film.

Reaction from fans has mainly been along the likes of “What?” or “Yes please” or sometimes with the odd casual expletive. The Hug and Pint and The Twilight Sad are among those to have retweeted the site address, without comment…

More news as we get it…

BREAKING NEWS: With the countdown now passed, the site has been updated to announce that the duo will be with Steve Lamacq on 6music on Wednesday 15th June – the 20th anniversary of that Auld Enemy clash – from 4pm for a ‘very special announcement’