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The Strypes - Can't Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover

Trying not to milk the main acts and events of the Glastonbury weekend as much Jo Wiley would working on one of Michael Eavis’s dairy farms, we have looked beyond the apex of the Pyramid and cast our gaze towards the John Peel Stage to a bunch of Irish teenagers that have been causing a stir in the rock and roll world of late. If you don’t know this talented rabble of fret punishing, amp warping youth already then I would recommend you lend your ears to The Strypes as their  wild take on Bo Diddley’s era defining track Can’t Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover is our sound of the day.


Formed in 2008 The Strypes are a four-piece rhythm and blues band from Cavan, Ireland, consisting of Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums) that, in quite ironic fashion, look set to take their craftsmanship, influenced by artists circa 1920’s careering through 2013 and beyond.

When told that the band members’ current ages range from 15-17 It is hard to fathom for several reasons: One being that they are even aware of who Bo Diddley is (Diddley was an influence of The Rolling Stones in their youth) and how accomplished they are as blues/rock musicians. In the little time that the lads have been making music they have managed to collate an aura and sound infused with 70’s punk and the umph of Eric Burdon’s Animals, a fierce Yardbirds temperament and Canvey Island born Dr Feelgood spirit whom, by looking at the stage antics of the group in their Glastonbury set, have been a heavy influence.

To add to the recent buzz The Strypes have landed the prestigious support slot for The Artic Monkeys’ next UK tour later in the year. Let’s hope that some more young – uns take note and help continue to kick Simon Cowell’s whimsical karaoke school kids into touch.

Joshua Hevicon