The Strypes – A Brighton Preview

The Strypes

The Strypes appeared in the email inbox earlier this week. They’re playing at The Hope in Brighton this Saturday. By the sounds of things we should probably have heard of them before now. They’ve were tipped by NME as the No. 1 band to watch for October. I’ve read many a blog post bemoaning  the fact the BBC missed these guys for their Sound Of 2013 longlist. Although we perhaps see ourself outside of these big name spheres, there is no denying their impact. On this occasion it seems as though NME are on to something.  The Strypes play hard-hitting R&B in the old school sense, there is no hip-hop here. It’s a sound that been absent from the mainstream for a while. If these guys are to bring it back then that can only be a good thing.

The Strypes are Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums). They’re Irish. They’re remarkably young. But we are the first to say that age is merely a number, so we won’t focus on that. We will only say that such young talent hints at an exciting, if challenging, future.  They released they’re debut EP Young Gifted & Blue in April. Its consists solely of covers. Which they play well. Their live rendition of Got Love If You Want It is particularly good, the harmonica is the undoubted highlight. Its pretty easy to identify the first challenge that awaits them: song writing. Its a pretty important part of being artists. They’ve shown that they are very competent musicians and performers, incredibly so given their age. That’s why the publicity machines are creaking into action behind them. That’s why they’re under the same management as Elton John. That doesn’t mean they’re going to make it. It will be there ability to create work of their own that decides that.

The Strypes are playing at The Hope in Brighton on Saturday evening (December 15th). It’s an 8pm start. If there’s any chance you can make it you should. At the very least it will be a chance to hear some great blues. At the most you might have the chance to hear “the next big thing”, that actually become a big thing.