|Photo: Dave Wood|
An aura of anticipation has been emerging around this Irish four-piece in the last few months, and from the moment they take to the stage at the 100 Club, it is easy to see why. With an average age of just sixteen, these boys have a swaggering stage presence and a polished live performance comparable to the early Stones.
After instructing a photographer at the front of the audience to move out of the way, telling him the front ‘is where people like to go fucking crazy’, the band launched into a frantic show. They played a mix of covers, sampling the likes of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, along with their own material, all saturated in a heavy blues influence, with an incredible sense of energy and enthusiasm. The gig saw the boys swapping instruments, taking turns on vocals and harmonica and dancing faster than anyone in the crowd.
Their electrifying single, ‘Blue Collar Jane’, certainly lived up to expectations, evoking New Orleans style rock and roll with their infectious riffs making it impossible for the crowd not to dance along. With musical expertise way beyond their young years, The Strypes nonchalantly sweat their way through adolescent angst with style, sporting sharp suits and sunglasses. A comparison to The Beatles is unavoidable, and although they are marketing nothing new, the raw talent and wild charisma of these boys is bound to go far.
The Strypes are never more at home than when on the road, and this summer sees them continue to tour the UK with a string of dates, many of which are already sold out or in high demand. Full dates below:
20/06 – The Fleece, Bristol
21/06 – Islington O2 Academy (Under 18s only Matinee + Evening performance)
10/07 – Sugarmill, Stoke
11/07 – 53 Degress, Preston
25/07 – O2 Academy, Oxford
22/08 – Globe, Cardiff