Irish bands don’t come much more legendary than Whipping Boy who formed in Dublin in 1988 and for 12 years were one of the country’s most critically-acclaimed outfits. Their not-so-secret weapon is Fearghal McKee, a grab ‘em by the scruff of the neck frontman who’s equal parts Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, and Marilyn Manson on a particularly rambunctious night. Underneath the rock ‘n’ roll swagger there’s a real intelligence with McKee a master dissector of the human condition. No mere nostalgia act, Whipping Boy remain as potent a live force as ever.

Four things you might not know about Whipping Boy…
– Their new ‘No One Takes Prisoners Anymore’ single is Whipping Boy’s first studio outing in 12 years. Expect a full album in the summer.
– The band were originally called Lolita & The Whipping Boy, the name shortening when their female guitarist quit.
– 1995’s Heartworm occupied the number seven berth when Hot Press polled over 500 musicians to compile the ‘Top 100 Irish albums of all time’.
– If you’ve a copy of 2000’s Whipping Boy, lucky you! Only 2,000 copies of the album were pressed making it a much sought-after collectors’ item.