Some time in the 90’s Brian McPeck and Matt McAuley followed the punk scene to D.C. They stuck it out playing garages and living rooms. Times were good but bigger things beckoned and they gapped it to New York – the edge of the pier, as Matt puts it. Four albums later they’re still in the big city. They talked to The New Order about their influences, ‘Skizz’ rock, and why they’re almost due for a fight.

What does A.R.E. stand for?
Brian: About 10 years ago I had a dream that I was a detective in the future, and the name on my door was A.R.E. Weapons, like first name A.R.E., last name Weapons.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
Matt: Ah…with difficulty.

It seems quite eclectic; you’ve got a bit of everything.
B: New York Street Rock? I’d say electro- punk, but that isn’t really fair cause it’s not super electro and it’s not really that punky. It’s a ball park, but New York electro punk will do.
M: I made up a name for it but it’s not really sticking. ‘Skizz’. We’re skizz rockers.