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The Strypes at SXSW 2014

by Laura Fedele
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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.

This gritty "speed blues" band formed in 2011, making their debut at a primary school Christmas concert. Is that hard to picture? Imagine putting together 60's boom-era blues and 70's pub rock, and thrusting it into the hands of these four guys born in Ireland in 1996 or so, and ending up with seriously fun-energy music that's wowing musical legends already — and this is just their first SXSW.

The Strypes lineup is: Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O'Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums). Their self-produced covers EP Young, Gifted & Blue came out in 2012, and their full debut, Snapshot, was released in September of '13. More at thestrypes.com.

Here they do Bo Diddley's "You Can't Judge a Book By The Cover" for us.

 

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The young 'speed blues' band from Ireland meets up with Team FUV at Hotel San Jose, March 13, 2014. Photo by Laura Fedele
The young 'speed blues' band from Ireland meets up with Team FUV at Hotel San Jose, March 13, 2014. Photo by Laura Fedele
The young 'speed blues' band from Ireland meets up with Team FUV at Hotel San Jose, March 13, 2014. Photo by Laura Fedele
The young 'speed blues' band from Ireland meets up with Team FUV at Hotel San Jose, March 13, 2014. Photo by Laura Fedele
The young 'speed blues' band from Ireland meets up with Team FUV at Hotel San Jose, March 13, 2014. Photo by Laura Fedele
The young 'speed blues' band from Ireland meets up with Team FUV at Hotel San Jose, March 13, 2014. Photo by Laura Fedele
The young 'speed blues' band from Ireland meets up with Team FUV at Hotel San Jose, March 13, 2014. Photo by Laura Fedele
The young 'speed blues' band from Ireland meets up with Team FUV at Hotel San Jose, March 13, 2014. Photo by Laura Fedele
The young 'speed blues' band from Ireland meets up with Team FUV at Hotel San Jose, March 13, 2014. Photo by Laura Fedele
The young 'speed blues' band from Ireland meets up with Team FUV at Hotel San Jose, March 13, 2014. Photo by Laura Fedele

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