The Rubberbandits return to Limerick for two big gigs

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE RUBBERBANDITS arrive home to Limerick this week, sweaty but unbowed, after a startling opening to 2011, sporting a proud fingers-up to those who said they couldn’t replicate the success of ‘Horse Outside’.

THE RUBBERBANDITS arrive home to Limerick this week, sweaty but unbowed, after a startling opening to 2011, sporting a proud fingers-up to those who said they couldn’t replicate the success of ‘Horse Outside’.

The plastic-bag wearing ‘Bandits arrive home to Limerick for two massive gigs this week, a once in a lifetime UL Charity Week gig in the UL Sports Arena on Thursday night in front of 2,500 students, and a huge homecoming to Dolan’s Warehouse on Friday night, fresh from selling-out gigs up and down the country and releasing their new single, ‘I Wanna Fight Your Father’, the video for which has clocked up about 400,000 views on YouTube.

The duo held the official launch for the single in DIT’s Bolton Street Dublin campus last Thursday, and thousands of students turned out to see them perform the new song, which they are hoping will make its way up the charts this week.

Blind Boy Boat Club of the ‘Bandits told the Chronicle that the duo were looking forward to bringing their “Setting The Cat Amongst The Pidgeons” tour back to Limerick.

“We can’t wait to bring our show, consisting of loud music and people shouting when we try to speak, back to Limerick,” said Blind Boy. “We’re sick of looking at people from the Northern part of the country too, their eyes are all too far apart and it’s distracting,” he added.

The ‘Bandits now need support from their loyal legion of fans, with Jedward’s Eurovision song ‘Lipstick’ also on the march towards number one in the Irish charts this week.

The video for the hilarious tune features actor Padraic Breathnach as the titular father character who squares off against Mr Chrome in the final scene in the video. Blind Boy said the duo spent “most of the budget on cod”.

“We got live cod from a fishery belonging to Donkey Ford’s. We released 500 cod back into the wild to get a blessing,” he added.

The passionate ‘Bandit said of the new single: “Whether people like it or not it’s up to them. I’d rather make something I’m happy with and it not be popular than make something I’m not happy with and be popular”.

The single is currently on sale in record shops.

The Rubberbandits gig in UL is only open to students. They play Dolan’s Warehouse on Friday night.