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Not Your Average Boy Band

Lately, The Strypes have been packing music venues out around the world, and their audiences even include some true rock royalty. So who are these guys? Four boys; ages 16 – Ross Farrelly lead vocals/harmonica , 17 – Pete O’Hanlon Bass guitar/harmonica, 17 – Evan Walsh drums and 18 – Josh McClorey lead guitar/vocals, from Cavan, Ireland who formed only in 2011. They made their debut at a school Christmas concert and started playing Cavan pubs and the surrounding areas, despite their young age they’ve got a sound like a seasoned group of highly skilled rock stars and draw out crowds of all ages, literally from teens to late 70 year olds, everyone seems to find something they love from the high energy guys.

Their inspiration comes from 60’s blues and 70’s rock bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Dr. Feelgood, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Lew Lewis and Rockpile, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, but their sound is a mixture of speedy blues, rock in rock, gritty garage band punk rock and soul. The guys have been quoted saying their “early influence” came from bands like The Jam, Willie Dixon, Little Richard, Elvis Costello, The Ramones, The Undertones, The Animals, Nine Below Zero, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Slim Harpo, Robert Johnson, Billy Boy Arnold, Leadbelly, John Lee Hooker and Jerry Lee Lewis. Josh McClorey stated that “What A Shame” was influenced by Arctic Monkeys who in June 2013 they opened for on the Monkey’s UK, Belgium, France, Germany and Italy Tour. They’ve even played Glastonbury in 2013, the same one The Rolling Stones performed at.

They released a self-produced EP in 2012 entitled “Young, Gifted & Blue,” led by a version of “You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover” the famous song originally by Bo Diddley, as well as music written by Billy Boy Arnold, Eddie Holland, and Slim Harpo. The group was a fun hobby for the boys, but throughout their self promotion the EP reached No. 1 on the iTunes Blues Chart the day after release (held for six weeks). This massive surprise to the boys was followed by another shocker, a battle between several record labels to sign them! Eventually Sir Elton Johns management company Rocket Music won out and in 2012 Mercury Records also came on board and have made national headlines and attracted other musicians like Jeff Beck, Dave Grohl, Miles Kane, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, and Roger Daltrey.

In February 2013 they appeared on Chelsea Lately, guest hosted by Grohl, who shared Sir Elton’s comment, “They have a knowledge of R&B and blues at 16 years of age that I have only amassed in my 65 years. They’re just like a breath of fresh air.” By March 2013 they released their debut single on Mercury Records, an original titled “Blue Collar Jane,” with a special edition numbered gatefold vinyl released on Record Store Day (20 April). They hit No. 11 on the iTunes Alternative Charts.

The band’s debut album, titled “Snapshot,” was released in September of 2013, produced by former Beatles and Sex Pistols record producer Chris Thomas. In March 2014 they appeared at SXSW backing B. P. Fallon performing the song “Vicious” at a Lou Reed memorial concert. Its been a pretty epic few years for the guys with no slowing down in process, they’re currently on tour worldwide through the summer having just played at the Los Angeles El Rey theater. Check them out online and follow them on social media, I promise its worth it.

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Posted on: April 7, 2014