The sound of the 60’s returns in the form of this remarkable first album from The Strypes. These four lads from Cavan (ROI) have had a tremendous year. Since the release of their self produced EP “Young, Gifted and Blue” in April 2012 The Strypes have been signed to a major record label, played a roaring set at Glastonbury, featured on Later … With Jools Holland, released a second EP and gained an army of loyal fans in the process. Oh… and their debut album “Snapshot” is released on 9th September 2013!!
Working with legendary producer Chris Thomas, The Strypes have put together a 12 track album that goes a long way to encapsulating the sound and energy that makes their live set so special. “Snapshot” consists of a good mix of covers and original music; a model that was so successful for bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds.
The opening track ‘Mystery Man’ is an energetic Pub Rock number on which all four band members get to showcase their skills. Lead Singer Ross Farrelly’s Harmonica playing provides a particularly potent edge to the track; Whilst Josh McClorey’s lead guitar takes an amped up Rockabilly form to provide a well rounded opening track with clear hints of whats to come.
Original tracks come in the form of fan favourite’s “Blue Collar Jane”, “She’s so Fine” and “Angel Eyes” amongst others. It’s worth noting that all of these songs have developed whilst performing them live, some starting as a completely different concept to what they have become. “Angel Eyes” for example, began life as a Jake Bugg-esque country rock tune, and over time has developed into a slower, deeper, Hendrix sounding track. That’s what you call Music Evolution!
The album also serves up some rocking covers of Bo Diddley tracks “I Can Tell” and “You Can’t Judge a Book by it’s Cover” with old time blues standard “Rollin’ & Tumblin” providing an ending that leaves you wanting to listen to the album all over again.
The issue with including covers on an album in the modern music industry is that some critics may suggest that the band lacks direction or their own sound. In principle I’d agree, covers are not necessarily the best way to establish a credible band, shows like the X Factor have proved this time and time again. Yet, The Strypes have something different, they have a buzz about them, they have a genuine love for their craft, and all four of them are fantastic musicians in their own right.
In summary, I’ve not been this excited about a band since the first time I heard The Arctic Monkeys. I cannot wait until Monday so I can go out and by “Snapshot” and “AM” on the same day. AND I cannot wait until I get to see both bands on tour together.