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

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

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.

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