The Strypes at the Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 27th June 2013.
With support from Wide Eyed.
Tonight we had the privilege of witnessing a supergroup in the making. The impact of this group of 15 to 17 year olds thumping out great rhythm and blues cannot be underestimated. Yes you read correctly, 15 to 17 year olds! From Cavan, Ireland, Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums) got together in 2011 and have spent their time to date playing their energetic and impeccable set around Ireland, the UK, Europe and Japan. For such a young band, they exude professionalism and musicianship way beyond their years and comparisons have to be drawn to the greats that have preceded them. Standing in the hot, rammed Slade Rooms, taking in the 17 song set, diverse influences in their music such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Sex Pistols and The Clash could be heard that combined into an explosive mix of modern rhythm and blues with Ross Farrelly leading with a great Joe Bonamassa style swagger. Following on from appearing on the John Peel stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, The Strypes will be supporting The Arctic Monkeys on their forthcoming UK and European tour with their debut album planned for release in September 2013.
Local Birmingham based four-piece Wide Eyed provided support. With a mix of indie shoe-gazing and psychedelic guitar swirling riffs, Wide Eyed showed their live set to be full of noisy and distorted tunes. Hot on the heels of the likes of Peace and Swim Deep, Wide Eyed have made a name for themselves on Birmingham’s thriving music circuit. Having supported The Twang on tour, Wide Eyed are fully embroiled in the renaissance of guitar based music and show great potential in progressing further up the music food chain.
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Words and pictures by Stephen Turner