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A rude awakening

They are the overnight sensations taking the country by storm. As the buzz continues to grow, The Original Rudeboys discuss their 77,000 MySpace plays and the forthcoming shindig that will see them sharing a stage with 50 Cent.

Sarah-Jane Boylan, 29 Jun 2011

They’re clearly hard workers – if they keep going at this rate, they’ll have a Best Of out by Christmas.

“I don’t know about that,” laughs Rob, “we’re still unsigned! There has been some interest, but nothing to talk about yet. We’re just going to keep making music and hopefully one day we’ll get a record deal. That would be a dream come true. The three of us just love sitting around and making music. We do it most of the day! It’s a joy. If this is called work, then wow...”

In keeping with their turbo-charged trajectory, the band play their first headline show at the Academy 2 on the afternoon of Saturday June 18, their second that evening, and their third the night after that.

“There are a few tickets left for the Saturday matinee and the Sunday night, I think. The first night sold out in under a day. It’s our first headline show, yeah. We’ve done two or three support gigs before and we’ve had fun with it. This will be the biggest. And it’s the first time tickets are being sold on Ticketmaster! It’s going really good. We were announced for the Waterford Music Festival recently, which is being headlined by 50 Cent and Flo Rida, and the Strawberry Festival in Wexford as well, so everything’s flying. When it’s fast-paced it keeps you going, keeps your head right. We’re completely determined to make everything good.”

As Rob himself sings on ‘Live Your Life’, “You can be what you wanna be, just keep that dream alive inside”. This summer, he’s taking his own advice: with a calendar full of gigs and an album on the horizon, there’s no sign of The Original Rude Boys’ dream dying out any time soon.

The Original Rudeboys play the Academy 2, Dublin on June 18 and 19.

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