The Strypes released their second album 'Little Victories' in August this year. Applauded by the likes of Paul Weller, Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey and appearing at Glastonbury, SXSW, Rock am Ring to name but a few, the guys have an amassed an impressive resume in a relatively short period. They have been on tour since early 2015 and we managed to catch up with them in Hamburg for the their final date in Germany.
Contactmusic: How has it been performing in Germany?
Peter O'Hanlon: Berlin was great, crazy, the night before in Cologne was fantastic as well. Hamburg was our last concert in Germany then we move on to Amsterdam, Brussels then France. It's been great.
CM: How do you find Europeans? Is there a difference in comparison to UK or Irish audiences?
PO: Yeah, I think there definitely is. I mean the crowds in Germany we have played to, they seem more there for the music, they're more attentive. I think they kind of appreciate the music more. They're great though, we haven't played Europe enough I don't think. The last time we were in Europe was at this venue last year. We're glad to be back.
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The Strypes burst onto the music scene in 2013, all sharp suits and sunglasses, touting their very own brand of blues rock. With the youngest member of the band aged just 15 at the time, they took music fans by surprise with just how skilled they were. Not only did they release their debut album that year, but they also went on to support the Arctic Monkeys on the European leg of their tour. They were very quickly and very suddenly thrown into huge arenas, and despite their baby faces, they held their own and won themselves a strong fan base.
Now they're back with that 'tricky' second album, 'Little Victories'. But it doesn't sound difficult at all; in fact, it bursts with confidence and maturity beyond their teenage years. Their cockiness has grown ever greater and they are all the better for it. Taking inspiration from the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane and Jake Bugg, the songs are big and confident. 'I Need To Be Your Only' has a real driving guitar, reminiscent of Wolfmother's 'Woman', and in truth should've been the album opener. 'A Good Night's Sleep & Cab Fare Home' is fun and cheeky, a good example of the band not taking themselves seriously.
The two real stand-out tracks on the album are '(I Wanna Be Your) Everyday' and 'Cruel Brunette'. The former shows them channelling Alex Turner; it's a mature love song that adds real depth and emotion to the album. 'Cruel Brunette' is certain to become a crowd favourite, with its fast-paced and very British-sounding 60s rock feel. 'Status Update' is another highlight, with a powerful harmonica and driving guitar solos; it perfectly embodies the band's take on blues rock.
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Gaz Coombes and Lion Babe among final additions.
The Great Escape Festival is set to return to Brighton for its 10th anniversary, bringing with it yet another year of remarkable up and coming bands. The final 150 acts have now been announced, and there's plenty to look forward to.
The SXSW of the UK, Great Escape has played host to some of the best bands the world has to offer, and this year is no different. Across more than 30 venues, the festival will be showcasing hundreds of acts with a massive 18,000 fans expected to show up to experience the meaning of music. So just who's turning out to celebrate 10 years of awesome sounds?
If there's something to take away from this year's Isle of Wight Festival, it's probably sunburn. Unlike the mud bath of two years ago, 2014 will be remembered for serving up one of the hottest weekends I can remember for a festival, along with some crowd-pleasing performances. While not every act managed to capture their moment in the sun, all the major names delivered in spades.
But it wasn't just the music that made the weekend for many; a real sense of celebration seemed to erupt across the site. Partly fuelled by anticipation over the World Cup and partly because of the good weather, thousands of smiling faces could be seen everywhere. Sunflowers seemed to be an essential festival accessory and many opted for as few clothes as possible with t-shirts looking like they'd gone out of fashion altogether. I've even had to make a note in my diary that it's international flip-flop day on June 20th, just one of the many things I learnt around Seaclose Park this year.
The highlight of Friday afternoon should have really been local boy Tom Odell on the main stage. But his piano led ballads took some time to win the crowd over despite his number 1 album 'Long Way Down'. By the time he'd finished though, the reaction showed that he'd justified his place on the main stage billing.
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Every now and again, one comes across a band with the ability to reach far beyond their musical horizons; an ability that allows them to shock, without actually doing something that's never been done before. The Strypes are a young Irish band eager to separate themselves from the array of generic indie/rock outfits filling up the alternative charts and aim to re-create that classic rock 'n' roll sound that united teenagers in the 60s.
'Hard To Say No' is the new single from their upcoming EP '4 Track Mind' and, if it's the first thing you ever hear of The Strypes, you'll no doubt assume it was composed by a group of men with immense musical experience - but amazingly, these guys range from just 16 to 18 years old (which makes their Willie Dixon cover of 'You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover' very appropriate indeed).
'Hard To Say No' has all the raw texture and whimsy of any 60s hit, with singer Ross Farrelly growling out something about finding it "So hard to say no to a girl." against the driving basslines and fever-rousing drum beat. The most mind-blowing, round-of-applause moment though is the mid-song guitar solo courtesy of Josh McClorey. It's liberating to see a guitar utilised in such a daring manner these days - they're not just playing the instruments, they're making them come alive with classic riffs. Kudos to The Strypes for their rip-roaring attempt, even if they still have a long way to go before they reach rock God status like some of their obvious influences.
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'AM" shot straight to the top of the album charts after shifting more than 157,000 units in it's first week
The Arctic Monkeys have done it again! Their fifth album to date has entered the chart at number one after a strong week of sales since last week's release, with AM racking up more than 157,000 in sold units in only a few days. What's more, the band have made history by being the first indie band to achieve the feat of earning five No. 1 albums back-to-back, making the feat all the more impressive.
The Arctics have assumed their place among rock royalty
AM, which was released via Domino Record on Monday, 9 September, is now the second most successful album of 2013 in terms of units sold in the first week. It sits behind only Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, which sold more than 165,000 copies during its first week of release in May, according to the Official Charts Company. The Sheffield band's fifth number one entry is also frontman Alex Turner's sixth number one entry, after his cinematic side project The Last Shadow Puppets topped the charts at the first time of asking with 2008's The Age of the Understatement.
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Sir Elton released his 30th solo studio album, 'The Diving Board,' this week, but has decided to finally slow down with his endless touring
Elton John has had a truly remarkable career, one that has lasted more than forty years, seen him break countless records and as he got older, one that has allowed him to settle down and begin a family. In a recent interview with British newspaper The Mirror, Sir Elton discussed his longstanding career, the passion that drives it and why he now feels that it is finally time to settle down and stop his endless touring.
Elton is finally ready to slow down
A noted workaholic, it has taken fatherhood and the recent life-threatening fight with appendicitis to convince the 66-year-old to slow down. The singer decided after his recent health scare that his endless touring was slowly killing him and that it was time to reassess his lifestyle and begin spending more time with his partner of 20 years, David Furnish, and their two sons, Zachary, 2, and Elijah, 9 months.
Josh McClorey, Ross Farrelly, Pete O'Hanlon and Evan Walsh of Irish rhythm and blues band The Strypes appeared at Leeds Festival 2013 to chat to us about their upcoming debut album 'Snapshot', working with producer Chris Thomas and previously being signed to Elton John's label.
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The Strypes: Evan Walsh, Ross Farrelly, Pete O'Hanlon and Josh McClorey - Members of Blur spotted leaving their hotel ahead of their IMMA concert at Royal Hospital Kilmainham tonight. Their support act The Strypes spotted at Today FM where author Roddy Doyle was also a guest - Dublin, Ireland - Thursday 1st August 2013
Special events planned for a day of competitive record shopping
Record Store Day (Saturday April 20, 2013) is the day when sport and music retail collide. If you consider ‘competitive vinyl purchasing’ a sport, of course. A veritable one-day Olympics for music nerds and vinyl enthusiasts, Record Store Day is a pretty sophisticated feat of organisation – where record labels, stores, gig promoters and artists across the world combine to create a smorgasbord of exclusive releases, limited editions and one-off performances and collaborations. Frankly, the very thought of it is enough to make you weep. Pity the poor music fan that arrives outside their local record store 3 hours before it opens, only to discovers that their retail rivals have all been camping over night… Or the nerd that queues patiently at the record store counter, only to see the last of those limited edition, screen-printed, green vinyl gatefold go to the pushy dude in front. Record Store Day. It’s stressful.
Luckily, to take away from the stress of it all, there are also some fun things occurring, to lower the heart rate a little. Paul Weller will be performing live at London’s Rough Trade record store in East London, for a start (8pm, Saturday). He’ll be joined by Pete O’Hanlon and Josh McClorey of new band The Strypes as well as Miles Kane’s drummer, Jay Sharrock, NME report.
Two much-hyped British bands, Toy and Temples will be playing in Paris (they call it Disquare Day because they’re hipper than we’ll ever be, you know). They’ll be joined by Stealing Sheep and Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs.
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