We caught The Strypes show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, part of their mini-tour of the US this week in support of their “4 Track Mind” EP. It was a relentless onslaught of talent from start to finish. It’s hard to believe that all 4 members of the band, hailing from Cavan, Ireland, are still in their teens. The band got their start by playing in pubs around Ireland, where to get people’s attention, they learned to play loud, fast, good old fashioned rhythm and blues. Their influences include The Yardbirds, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, and Dr. Feelgood.
The band proved that they were total masters of their instruments – Ross Farrelly (16) on harmonica & lead vocals; Josh McClorey (18) on lead guitar; Peter O’Hanlon (18) on bass; and Evan Walsh (17) on drums. As if that wasn’t enough, near the end of their set, everyone just switched instruments – Farrelly on guitar; McClorey on bass; and O’Hanlon on harmonica. O’Hanlon had an impressive harmonica solo that had everyone in awe. All their time spent winning over crowds has certainly paid off. The crowd was one of the most animated we’ve ever seen, and the band had everyone jumping and dancing along from start to finish.
We can’t say enough good things about The Strypes, and neither can Rolling Stone
. If you ever have a chance to see them live, GO! They are incredibly gifted young performers, and if they are this good now they can only get better.
Watch their performance of “Still Gonna Drive You Home” from the “4 Track Mind” EP, out on iTunes
The Strypes Setlist 8/23/14
1. Mystery Man
2. So They Say
3. Brand New Cadillac (Vince Taylor cover)
4. She’s So Fine
5. What the People Don’t See
6. I Don’t Want to Know
7. I Can Tell (Bo Diddley cover)
8. Smokestack Lightning (Howlin’ Wolf cover)
9. Angel Eyes
10. Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Jessie Hill cover)
11. Concrete Jungle (The Specials cover)
12. Still Gonna Drive You Home
13. Hard to Say No
14. Perfect Storm
15. What a Shame
16. Hometown Girls
17. Got Love If You Want It (Slim Harpo cover)
18. Blue Collar Jane
19. You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover (Bo Diddley cover)
20. Heart of the City (Nick Lowe cover)
21. Rockaway Beach (Ramones cover)
22. Louie Louie (The Kingsmen cover)
Let’s be real: When you hear the phrase “teenage band from the UK,” you probably cringe. If that’s the case, you haven’t heard of The Strypes yet, one of our favorite new artists. The Strypes have a sound way beyond their years, drawing influences from The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones and The Animals. It’s hard to believe they are all under 18 years old. Their debut album, “Snapshot,” is available on iTunes now, and they just released the “4 Track Mind” EP in the US today. Listen to their track “Hard To Say No” below.
We unfortunately missed their sold-out album release show in NYC last March, which Rolling Stone raved about. Since the talented quartet hail from the Ireland, we weren’t sure when we’d get a chance to see them again. Lucky for us (and you) they are back in the US this week for a string of shows, including stops at the 9:30 Club and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Check out the dates below and don’t miss your chance to see them!
The Strypes US Tour Dates
August 19th – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C. – Buy Tickets
August 20th – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
August 22nd – The Sinclair – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
August 23rd – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY – Buy Tickets
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