IF YOU were an Irish indie-rock fan back in the 1990s, you will remember The Hitchers. Thanks to BBC Radio DJ Steve Lamac, they are undergoing something of a revival, which has prompted a new Irish tour.
The Hitchers' 1997 track ‘Strachan’ was chosen to appear on Lamacq's 2xLP/4xCD collection, Steve Lamacq's Lost 90s, an album marking the broadcaster's 25th year on the airwaves, and placing the Limerick band alongside Teenage Fanclub, Travis, Cornershop, Suede, Elastica, Ride, and Silverfish. As a result, 'Strachan' has been re-released on 33rpm 7” vinyl and the band play a three date Irish tour, including Strange Brew at the Róísín Dubh tonight at 9pm.
Readers of The Guardian voted 'Strachan' the 'greatest football song EVER'. Warner Bros Germany approached the band for permission to use the song on 11 Freunde - the album. Speaking about the song, The Hitcher's Niall Quinn said: "In the UK it's fair to say The Hitchers are mainly remembered for 'Strachan'. That was the tune that got played most and still gets played and knocked about and that stirs up interest when the World Cup or the Euros roll around."
Support is from Dutch band Cooper. Admission is free.