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Welcome To Bandit Country
They’re the comedy rap duo who have lit a fire under Irish music, brought the zeitgeist to Limerick and proved that it is possible to be funny, groovy and a little bit scary at the same time. Twelve months since 'Horse Outside', The Rubberbandits are STILL the plastic-bag bemasked twosome on everybody’s lips. Accompanying their exclusive seasonal photoshoot with Hot Press, they talk Christmas number ones, being shadowed by journalists and stuffing a flann under Dolores O’Riordan’s door...
Olaf Tyaransen, 09 Dec 2011
How quickly can you put a bag together?
MC: I could knock a bag out now in 30 seconds.
BBC: He could. With the mould of the head and the heat gun. Yeah.
It’s that advanced, is it?
BBC: You think we’re taking the piss! That’s heat-moulded to my head. Honestly, look (leans head forward to show the mask properly).
MC: I’m a professional make-up artist.
BBC: He’s a professional make-up artist. ‘Cos if you use a normal bag that you just put holes in, you start choking, it doesn’t work like that. This one, no matter what you do, my eyes are where they’re supposed to be, my nose is where it’s supposed to be and so is my mouth, and that’s the only way I can perform, because if I didn’t I’d be… Van Morrison did 15 years with a bag on his head and look what happened
Seriously, you’re a professionally trained dancer, aren’t you, Mr. Chrome?
MC: No. That’s a delicious lie. That was the Daily Mail getting it not on the money. I come from a family of dancers. My ma is a choreographer. My sisters are dancers, so I was in a house of dancing but I was never trained. In fact, the thought of going out on stage and dancing was as inviting as getting a kick in the balls, to me. I hated it. But you can’t avoid what goes on around you. That’s what happened there. But I’m not a professionally trained dancer, I’m just fucking brilliant at dancing!
In the video for ‘Róisín, I Want To Fight Your Father’, there’s definitely a homoerotic vibe happening between you…
BBC: Ah yeah, we’re bent with each other now.
MC: We’re bent with each other now. We decided, “Fuck it!”
BBC: Yeah fuck it, there’s a recession on, they’re after discovering a particle that goes faster than the speed of light so we just decided… fuck it!
MC: Fuck it. We’ve been living together for 21 years now so we just decided to start sleeping together.
Right. How’s that working out?
MC: It’s a bit gay, but we’re getting used to it. It’s grand, it’s good, we like it.