Left of the Dial: The Hitchers – 25th anniversary gig, and interview.
To coincide with the 25th anniversary of their first release the Fruit EP back in 1990, The Hitchers play an all too rare show at The Kasbah Social Club this weekend, June, 27..
Ray from Wired’s Left of the Dial caught up with Niall to have a chat ahead of the show.
Releasing two albums and a slew of EPs in the late 90’s the Limerick band came to the attention of legendary BBC DJ John Peel who championed the bands debut UK release ‘It’s All Fun & Games Til Someone Loses An Eye‘ and had the band record a session for his show that gets repeat broadcasts to the present day.
The ‘Strachan/You Can Only Love Someone’ double a-side single won many more friends, plaudits and award nominations (pipped to the Best Irish Single gong by Ash’ A Life Less ordinary …no shame in that) as did the bands follow up LP ‘For The Want of Some Better TV‘ and the band were an ever present on the gigging circuits of Ireland and Britain earning a reputation for spikey punk-pop, acerbic, witty lyricism, terrace-chant chorus’ and ultimately for fiery live performances.
Though The Hitchers officially de-mobbed in 2001 they have occasionally reformed for one-off shows and media interest in the band is rekindled biennially around the time of world cups and european championships which led to Guardian readers voting ‘Strachan‘ the ‘greatest football song EVER’.
Tickets are selling fast, but there are still some available here