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 couldnâ€™t replicate the success of â€˜Horse Outsideâ€™.
The plastic-bag wearing â€˜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 Dolanâ€™s Warehouse on Friday night, fresh from selling-out gigs up and down the country and releasing their new single, â€˜I Wanna Fight Your Fatherâ€™, the video for which has clocked up about 400,000 views on YouTube.
The duo held the official launch for the single in DITâ€™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 â€˜Bandits told the Chronicle that the duo were looking forward to bringing their â€œSetting The Cat Amongst The Pidgeonsâ€ tour back to Limerick.
â€œWe canâ€™t wait to bring our show, consisting of loud music and people shouting when we try to speak, back to Limerick,â€ said Blind Boy. â€œWeâ€™re sick of looking at people from the Northern part of the country too, their eyes are all too far apart and itâ€™s distracting,â€ he added.
The â€˜Bandits now need support from their loyal legion of fans, with Jedwardâ€™s Eurovision song â€˜Lipstickâ€™ 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 â€œmost of the budget on codâ€.
â€œWe got live cod from a fishery belonging to Donkey Fordâ€™s. We released 500 cod back into the wild to get a blessing,â€ he added.
The passionate â€˜Bandit said of the new single: â€œWhether people like it or not itâ€™s up to them. Iâ€™d rather make something Iâ€™m happy with and it not be popular than make something Iâ€™m not happy with and be popularâ€.
The single is currently on sale in record shops.
The Rubberbandits gig in UL is only open to students. They play Dolanâ€™s Warehouse on Friday night.