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The Strypes

The Strypes - FUV Live - 2014

by Dennis Elsas

The Strypes are a terrific new band from Ireland that are playing adrenalized rock ‘n’ roll.  It’s fast, it’s tough, it’s smart and it’s fun.  I’m hearing echoes of early Stones and Yardbirds mixed with the speed of punk and the hooks of power pop.  Their debut album Snapshot is just that - a musical mix of ten originals and three cover songs that serve up an instant impression of what they do.

But it’s their live performance that really makes them stand out and exciting to watch.  They’ve got all the right moves combined with strong musicianship that seem to defy their age and life experience. Their average age is 17 and they look it.  It also doesn’t hurt that they were signed to Elton John’s Rocket Management and Chris Difford (of Squeeze) is  very much involved as a mentor.

I really enjoyed watching them perform in their FUV Studio A session and spending time talking with them on a variety of subjects. Take a look and take a listen below.

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Question of the Day: Too Young to Rock 'n' Roll?

by Corny O'Connell

One of the breakout acts from the SXSW Festival last week was The Strypes - a foursome of lads from Cavan, Ireland. And they really are lads, raging in age from 16 to 18. They just played New York last night and stopped by the WFUV studios to tape a session for future broadcast. So for the Question of the Day, we're looking for recordings by artists who were teenagers at the time. Put them in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Fiona Apple "Criminal"

The Strypes at SXSW 2014

by Laura Fedele

These Irish teenagers are, apparently, musically wise beyond their years. Dave Grohl, Roger Daltrey and Elton John are counted as early fans of The Strypes (@The_Strypes) — in fact, Elton signed them to his management company, and was quoted as saying, "they have a knowledge of R&B and blues at 16 years of age that I’ve only amassed in my 65 years."

My goodness.