Those Teenage Dirtbags are back! Wheatus will play Whelan’s in Dublin on 1 May as part of their Irish, UK and European tour, it has just been announced.
Reflecting on their breakthrough song, Wheatus frontman Brendan Brown says: "We really don’t run into people who don’t like Dirtbag, including us."
The singer/songwriter/producer adds: “I grew up idolizing Rush & AC/DC. Bands that last forever…One of the fears I had when 'Dirtbag' kicked off was that it would get old quick or be received as a fad: I was wrong to worry about that. It feels new every night. I think that’s because it’s hard to play correctly, but what the hell do I know?”
It has not been an easy go for Brown & crew since their smash hit breakthrough song. They scrape recording and touring budgets together by selling last year’s gear on Ebay. “It’s an interesting paradox that people won’t buy music but they still buy the stuff to make it and that we can carry on that way…together, we found a way forward. I still can’t believe it started 15 years ago though…that’s hard to imagine for a song that continues to be renewed. We owe a debt to that album and to the people who remember us.”
So yes, at least one band from before the days of iTunes & Spotify have found a way forward …and forward they come, on a full tour of the UK, Ireland and EU... playing songs from their first, second, third, fourt, fifth, sixth and seventh albums!
Tickets cost €18 and are available online from Whelanslive.com or WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-8pm M-F, 4-8pm Sat) – 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets. Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.