Age restriction 14+
Lancaster Road, PR1 1HT Preston
Starts Friday, 28/04/17 09:00
You know what The Strypes are all about. Sure you do. Four Irish teenagers who’ve been playing garage blues since roughly the time they learnt to walk. Thrashing out R’n’B rave ups like a group of mates who’d bunked double Geography to play a quick covers set down the Bag O’Nails club circa 1965. All mini mohair suits, wailing harmonica and punky freakbeat.
Except of course, that’s NOT what The Strypes are all about. Not by a long shot, and with Little Victories you’ve got 12 reasons that prove why.
“That was a pretty consistent misconception of us,” says drummer Evan Walsh, sliding himself onto a chair in a West London hotel. “We were definitely into that sort of thing and we were influenced by it, but we were painted as like something out of A Hard Days Night. Whereas we were in a more Elvis Costello, Dr Feelgood, pub rock vein.”
“If they’d been to the gigs they wouldn’t have said that,” adds corkscrew-haired bassist Pete O’Hanlon. “It’s easy to just look at one photo of a band and be like, ‘Oh I know exactly what they’re about…’”
Some of the things you may have heard about The Strypes are true, though. Yes, the band – Walsh, O’Hanlon, guitarist Josh McClorey and singer Ross Farrelly – started playing together before they were even teenagers, relentlessly gigging around Ireland and quickly becoming the hottest ticket in any town they happened to rock up to. Yes, they arrived like a tin can full of firecrackers on the UK music scene in 2012, blowing any other act you can name off the stage with their frenzied re-imagining of razor-sharp Feelgoods rock and snarling Rhythm and Blues. Yes, their debut album Snapshot deserves to be filed next to other opening gambits by the likes of The Stones, The Yardbirds, Dr Feelgood and The Jam. Guilty as charged.
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