Hooligan Dublin: Cops ‘n’ Robbers (Oi! The Boat)
This is my favourite track from the EP: With its siren type riff and passionate lyrics, the band sets the tone nicely, without over stating their rebellious nature or being childish with their upbeat intentions.
The song talks about criminality in general, but the video expands upon this with an animated take on the life of infamous bank robber Jacques Mesrine. Graphic artist Mark Wilson and his son Killian Wilson dedicated three hundred hours/six long months to put the video together, and they’ve really done a fantastic job complementing the narrative.
There are more than twenty original characters included in the video, many of them based on real people: French actress Beatrice Dalle; original Angelic Upstarts drummer Decca Wade; Oi! the Boat Records’ Joe and Max; a member of the NI band the Outcasts; another from the band the Defects; as well as ex-members of Hooligan.
There’s an animated cameo by Garry Bushell, which I find puzzling considering the man’s varying political viewpoints (particularly, as a campaigner for the English Democrats). If it’s any consolation, though, he does play a cop.
As a whole, this is an impressive audio visual statement of Hooligan and the Wilsons’ coinciding talents. There’s a forthcoming EP, due out in April, which will feature some very special guests; and I hear the band has decamped to a remote island off the north west of Ireland to start writing a full length album.
For now, there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had with the existing catalogue; and the additional detail, characters and other touches of the music video really add to the appeal.