What’s this? Four teenagers from Cavan, booted, suited and surging into the well of 1960s beat/r’nb? Before you start scratching your head and
Earning their Strypes THE STRYPES Whelan’s, Dublin Tues 8pm ¤17.50 01-4780766 wondering where the catch is and how long the novelty can last, you’ll have to understand one very important thing about The Strypes: these lads can play. Not only that, they can take asunder 1960s rock/ rhythm’n’blues and mid-1970s punk rock, constituent part by constituent part, and put it back together again before you notice what they’ve done.
Yes, there might be novelty here, but there’s also a strong dose of authenticity that, despite the tender age of the bandmates, comes across all too obviously. As well, it’s been many years since we’ve seen a guitarist with as much attitude as Josh McClorey, and there hasn’t been as good a bass player as Peter O’Hanlon since we last watched John Entwhistle strum his instrument like a lead guitar.
Really, says you? Really, says I. Think The Yardbirds crossed with Dr Feelgood. Expect picks to be winkled and necks to be turtled. Feel that smile landing.