Rubberbandits get ready to fight with new single

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE LIMERICK Leader has secured an exclusive first-look picture from the Rubberbandits’ new video for their ‘mystery’ single, which is set to be released in shops this Friday.

THE LIMERICK Leader has secured an exclusive first-look picture from the Rubberbandits’ new video for their ‘mystery’ single, which is set to be released in shops this Friday.

The video for the single - which is expected to be cult-classic ‘Roisin, I Want To Fight Your Father’ - will go live on You Tube from Thursday morning. The ‘Bandits will attempt to follow-up the runaway success of their ‘Horse Outside’ single, which went to number two in the Irish charts and currently has 6.2 million views on You Tube, with the new single.

The ‘Bandits were remaining tight-lipped about the identity of the mystery follow-up single this week, but the Chronicle has established that it will be ‘Roisin’ - a song which hilariously details a meeting with a potential father-in-law for one of the duo.

The single will be released in shops this Friday, and the new video for ‘Roisin’, shot mostly in Limerick with some scenes shot in Arbour Hill Boxing Club and South Studios in the Liberties in Dublin, featured on RTE Two on Friday at 6.30pm. A fight scene at the end of the video is expected to feature a special-guest, and is said to be faintly reminiscent of the wrestling scene in Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Two Tribes’ single, released in 1984.

The Limerick duo are expected to perform the song on an upcoming episode of The Late Late Show, but it will not be this Friday’s show, management said. The Rubberbandits are also set to play a huge homecoming show in the UL Sports Arena on March 4 as part of UL Rag Week, with capacity for 2,200 students at the show.

The plastic-bag wearing Limerick duo, who played a sold-out show in Dublin’s Tripod last Saturday night, say they are not trying to replicate the success of the first video with their new single.

“We are not trying to, as long as we are happy with it, that is all that matters,” said Blind Boy Boat Club last week. “With this single we have learned from all the mistakes we made with ‘Horse Outside’. Will it get to number one? At this time of year, anything can get to number one,” added Blind Boy, in reference to ‘Horse Outside’ finishing runner-up to X-Factor winner Matt Cardle as Irish Christmas Number One single.

The video for ‘Roisin’ was largely filmed in Limerick, with scenes shot in Dublin late last week. A media presence gathered to attempt to take photos and question the 10-man film crew and more than 60 extras who worked on it, an indication of the duo’s rising notoriety in Ireland.