The Strypes, a rock and blues group hailing from Ireland, are set to start their second major tour of the UK in February 2014.
They are fast becoming one of the most popular modern rock groups of our age, bringing an old-school sound to the stage that resembles such 70’s and 80’s groups as The Who, The Rolling Stones and Dr. Feelgood, with a freshness and flair that can appeal to fans who have never even heard of these decades-old musicians.
The foursome has played in shows across the country, both on their own and with legend Paul Weller. And the most amazing thing about The Strypes? The group members are between the ages of 16 and 18.
Guitarist Josh McLorey, bass player Pete O’Hanlon and drummer Evan Walsh, aged 17 and 18, have been playing together in Walsh’s bedroom since they were children. They met vocalist Ross Farrelly a few years ago, when McLorey, O’Hanlon and Walsh played in the same pub where Farrelly was doing a solo.
Music history was made that night, when the four got together and started writing original songs, eventually becoming the group that we know today as The Strypes. Farrelly, bold, outgoing and fearless on stage, is now only sixteen years old.
They even sport a classic British rock star look, their dress shirts, blazers and moppy hairstyles startling reminiscent of The Beatles. In fact, the Strypes’ cover of The Beatles’ hit song “Come Together” is rivalled only by The Beatles themselves.
“Come Together” was a single released by The Strypes in 2013, an iconic year for the group. However, the teens adamantly deny their resemblance to the most popular musical group in history, pointing out that their sound is a far older one, drawing inspiration from musicians even as far back as the 60’s like Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry.
A look at their debut album, Snapshot, confirms their insistence that they are musically unlike The Beatles. With songs like “Hometown Girls”, “Mystery Man” and “Blue Collar Jane”, it is easy to see how the music of the 60s has influenced the group.
It is almost unbelievable that such a powerful and controlled voice comes from the throat of a sixteen-year-old boy, but Farrelly seems to have been born to sing the rhythm and blues music that is sweeping across the UK.
Few modern musicians have mastered the deep, rocky sound that Farrelly displays with ease, and the instrumental talent of the group is one that can’t be faked on a computer. Not to mention, the harmonica is a unique yet classic touch that will surely see the sale of harmonicas skyrocket in the UK within the next few months.
Fans of The Strypes include legends Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Miles Kane and Elton John, whose company Rocket Music has helped them sign on with Mercury Records and put out their album Snapshot, as well as a number of popular singles. Having signed a five-album deal, Mercury seems confident that the renown of these four incredible musicians will only continue to grow.
Somewhat naively, the band insists that their new-found fame will not cause them to change their music, or who they are. Let us hope, for their sake and ours, that it never does. Check out the strypes.com for more information about tour dates, album releases, and to hear some of their hit music.