Artist Biography A.R.E. Weapons is an electro/punk band from New York City. They were formed in 1999 by Matthew McAuley, Brain McPeck and Ryan Noel. In 2002 Paul Sevigny join the band as keyboard player/manager. In 2004 bassist Ryan Noel passed away. When drummer Erik Rapin was added in 2004 they achieved their current line-up as a 4-piece.