The band have support in high places
Since the well respected and champion of new music DJ Zane Lowe played ‘Blue Collar Jane’ as the ‘Hottest Record In the World’ recently, the Irish band have announced it to be their first single from their 2012’s EP ‘Young, Gifted & Blue’.
Picked up by Mercury Records, the Irish four piece is Singer Ross Farrelly, bassist Pete O’Hanlon, drummer Evan Walsh and guitarist Josh McClorey, who had been plying their trade over the years gigging around Ireland in a van must seem a distant memory now. Their passion and influences of the Blues couldn’t be more obvious in their EP and their debut single is said to have been taken from a 50s dance hall. Not only can they sing the rhythm and blues with conviction but they can also write their songs too.
A debut album is on the cards and a special (limited) 7” vinyl, which features ‘Blue Collar Jane’ is due to be released to celebrate Record Store Day on 20th April.
Tracklisting across the two discs includes:
A1. Blue Collar Jane
A2. What The People Don’t See
A2. I Wish You Would
B1. You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover
B1. 29 Ways
B2. Leavin’ Here
B2. Got Love If You Want It
The band not only has the support from Zane Lowe but they also have it in the shape of Jools Holland. The Strypes graced our screens with their appearance on legendary show ‘Later with Jools Holland’ which kicked off the first show of the series. (Ed: Catch up on the BBC iplayer – first shown 9th April).
As well as their TV appearance they have announced they will be playing many of the summer festivals. Look out for the line-ups at the following festivals: Glastonbury, T in the Park, Reading and Leeds, The Great Escape, Evolution, Bestival and Secret Garden festivals. However if you aren’t lucky enough to be heading to any of the above festivals this year they are also playing gigs in Bournemouth, Leeds, Glasgow, London and Wolverhampton.
The band aren’t it seems four guys who will let the industry excitement that surrounds them affect them. Guitarist Josh says, ‘we don’t care if we’re not famous – we just want to play rhythm and blues’. With level headed attitudes like that the band will go far. If you haven’t heard of The Strypes just yet it sure won’t be long before you do!