Limerick, County Limerick
About The Hitchers: 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'.
In 2010 Warner Bros Germany approached the band for permission to use the song on '11 Freunde -the album' where The Hitchers would find themselves in a rarefied air scenario rubbing shoulders with some of their own biggest heroes including Billy Bragg, The Wedding Present, The Proclaimers, New Order and Half Man Half Biscuit. More recently the song turned up in the mainstream media again -this time on BBCs Football Focus -in a homáge to the tiny wee Scotsman being appointed manager of his country.
Demonstrating they're still as cantankerous as they are fast, hard and handsome they took the opportunity to tell Hollywood to get lost in 2017 when they came looking to use one of The Hitchers songs in a 'blockbuster' movie.
Catch The Hitchers in Ireland in late 2018 .