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SecretFangirls.com Interview The Strypes

We have been long awaiting The Strypes return to America, since we last saw them in NYC in 2014 (!)  Finally all of our “come to America!” tweets paid off, and The Strypes made their triumphant return to tour across the US this Spring, including a stop at Mercury Lounge in NYC.  They are one of our favorite artists to see live – Ross, Pete, Evan, and Josh play a loud, fast, and energetic set that has the entire club singing and dancing along.   The Strypes are also incredibly talented musicians.

We caught up with the band before their show and got the inside scoop on “The Surprisingly Dull Adventures of The Strypes,” found out what’s on their tour rider, and what’s been the best part of their American tour.  Watch our interview and get to know more about The Strypes!

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The Strypes at the Music Hall of Williamsburg

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.

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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.

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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.

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Watch their performance of “Still Gonna Drive You Home” from the “4 Track Mind” EP, out on iTunes now!

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)

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Artist to Watch: The Strypes

You never know where you’ll find you new favorite band: it could be on YouTube, from a commercial you looked up on Shazam, busking in a park, opening for your favorite artist.   In this case, it was reading an ad for BBM in Rolling Stone that led us to The Strypes.

Ross Farrelly, Josh McClorey, Pete O’Hanlon and Evan Walsh make up the quartet, hailing from Cavan, Ireland.  Their debut album, Snapshot, was released last month in the US.  It’s hard to believe they are only 16-18 years old, as they have a sound way beyond their years, drawing influences from The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones and The Animals.   They also remind us of more contemporary acts like The Vines and Arctic Monkeys.

They just wrapped up a US tour, which included a sold out stop at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom, a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and a rave review from Rolling Stone.  We unfortunately missed seeing them this time around, so we’re hoping they’ll be back stateside soon!

The Strypes will be performing all over Europe through the Spring and Summer, check out the dates below!

The Strypes Summer 2014 European Tour Dates
April 10 – Belfast, Ireland – Limelight – Buy Tickets
April 11 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy – Buy Tickets
April 12 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy – Buy Tickets
April 14 – Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof – Buy Tickets
April 15 –  Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefaehrlich – Buy Tickets
April 16 – Cologne, Germany – Gebaude. 9 – Buy Tickets
April 17 – Crans-Montana, Switerzland – Caprices Festival – Buy Tickets
April 19 –  Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg (Old Hall) – Buy Tickets
April 20 – Schijndel, Netherlands – Paaspop Festival – Buy Tickets
April 22 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique – SOLD OUT
April 23 – Tourcoing, France – Le Grand Mix – Buy Tickets
April 24 – Bourges, France – Festival Printemps de Bourges – Buy Tickets
April 26 – Bologna, Italy – Covo – Buy Tickets
April 27 – Lyon, France – Marche Gare – Buy Tickets
April 29 – Nantes, France – Stereolux Club – Buy Tickets
April 30 – Paris, France – Gaite Lyrique – Buy Tickets
May 02 – Murcia City, Spain – Estrella Levante SOS 4.8 – Buy Tickets
June 11 – Bergen, Norway – Bergenfest – Buy Tickets
June 13 – 15 – Newport, Isle of Wight – Isle of Wight Festival – Buy Tickets
June 27 – 29 – Bundoran, Ireland – Sea Sessions Festival – Buy Tickets
July 04 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter Festival – Buy Tickets
July 04 – 06 – Sopron, Hungary – Volt Festival – Buy Tickets
July 27 – Niigata, Japan – Fuji Rock – Buy Tickets
August 16 – 17 – Chelmsford, England – V-Festival – Buy Tickets
August 28 – Bingley, England – Bingley Music Live – Buy Tickets

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