Hooligan – Irish street punk heroes

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There’s a lot of great punk bands in Ireland, Paranoid Visions of course, and many others.
Hooligan is a really cool name for a punk band and the Dublin based band deal in fast and furious tuneful punk rock action with great songs, which should see them as the next punk band to make its mark at the various festivals.

1. Where are you from and what are you about?

We are from Dublin, Ireland but our drummer is French and our bass player is English – so in fact I am the only native Dubliner in the band! we are about playing our own version of good music: stripped down, no nonsense, straight ahead punk rock / rock n’roll

2. Where are you going!

In the short term we’re supporting the Anti-Nowhere League, and Defects in Belfast this Thursday night and the League and Paranoid Visions in Dublin this Friday.

Friday’s gig is a tribute to the late Colm ‘psycho’ Callanan, whom you might have known from Rebellion and other gigs? (we knew him, met him a couple of times, one of the good guys) & who was a friend of mine the Visions and the ANWL – to name but a few.

In the longer term: we want to develop as much as we can as a band; strengthen our sound, our playing and our live performance, write good songs, record an album or two, tour with bigger bands and get out there into the wide world, play good music and enjoy ourselves while doing it!

3. State of punk in 2011– opinion?

Punk is 35 years old now and is on its way (or maybe already has?) to becoming another institutionalised sub culture like teddy boys, hippie or whatever. Alot of the ideas of punk, in terms of style, music, attitude and the diy ethic have been appropriated into mainstream culture so that punk has inevitably lost some of its vibrancy, resonance, and defining characteristics.

In 2011 there are a hell of a lot of punk or punk inspired bands, which goes to show that for a movement originally condemned by the popular media as being a worthless fad, the massive influence it has had and continues to have. In Dublin alone, you can now go to a punk gig almost every weekend, whether its local bands or a UK band over on tour, that would have simply been unheard of 10 or 20 years ago.

35 years on punk has matured a bit and in 2011 you will find anarcho punk bands, Exploited ‘UK82’ type bands, oi/sreetpunk bands and other bands all playing on the same bill, there seems to be more tolerance for diversity, which was one of the original messages of punk. Also events like Rebellion have put some of the fun back into punk!

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