Signed on the back of their frantic celeb-drawing R&B-fuelled live shows, teenage foursome The Strypes have progressed beyond their cover-filled sets to produce an album of (mostly) their own material.
Indebted to their three-chord influences, the Irish act’s short, sharp songs are frenetic and faithfully redolent of the staunch ’60s UK R&B boom that bore The Yardbirds and the Stones.
‘She’s So Fine’ is flagrant teenage lusting, ‘Angel Eyes’ a biting blues shuffle, whilst the thick punky guitars of ‘What A Shame’ (video below) are incited by Pistols producer Chris Thomas.
With such infectious energy, and lyrics capturing the timeless topics of youth, really: what’s not to like? Harmonica sales will soar.
Words: Simon Harper
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