Thursday 22 February 2018

Rubberbandits come out fighting with secret single

The Rubberbandits shoot their latest video in a boxing club in the Liberties in Dublin
The Rubberbandits shoot their latest video in a boxing club in the Liberties in Dublin
A scene from the rappers' award acceptance speech for the IFTAs - which also went on to become a YouTube hit

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

BAD news for those who have just recently got that catchy 'Horse Outside' tune out of their heads -- the Rubberbandits are back.

The Limerick rappers took to the ring yesterday to shoot their new pop video and -- in a nod to their recent success -- it needed a 10-man film crew, more than 60 extras, three animal wranglers and 500lb of cod to succeed.

The promo for the as yet untitled tune will debut on YouTube next Thursday before being screened on next Friday's 'Late Late Show'.


Shot for the most part in their native Limerick, the hip-hop collective filmed final scenes for the much-anticipated follow-up in Arbour Hill Boxing Club in Dublin yesterday.

"Why the Liberties? Well, isn't it the Limerick of Dublin," singer Blind Boy Boat told the Irish Independent last night.

"There's a financial reason for it, too, in that it's cheaper to shoot a video in Dublin because the people with the relevant skills live here."

Much of the comedy in the new video comes from a fight scene reminiscent of the wrestling in the 1984 promo for Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Two Tribes' single. That featured actors playing Ronald Reagan and then-Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko.

Although the title of the new song is being kept under wraps, two existing tracks, 'Roisin I Want To Fight Your Father', which details a Rubberbandits' first meeting with his potential father-in-law, and 'Pure Awkward', about how the duo once demonstrated the use of a hurley to US rapper Ice Cube, were previously discussed as singles.

Other scenes were shot around Dublin's Liberties.

With over six million hits for their original 'Horse Outside' promo, the group conceded it would be hard for their new song to secure the same interest.

"But we're not trying to; as long as we are happy with it, that's all that matters," Blind Boy said.

"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 the year, anything can get to number one."

The Bandits picked up a People's Choice Award at the IFTAs last weekend but didn't attend the glitzy event.

They play a sold-out show in Dublin's Tripod tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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