Never mind the hype - here come The Strypes
A snifter of self-belief, a pinch of attitude, a long stretch of influences, a shedload of musical chops and a will to win. Ahead of their Sea Sessions show, Tony Clayton-Lea on the magical musical alchemy of The Strypes
And yet, it’s very early days. Time is their friend, and it’ll be quite a few years before any of them need to buy 30-inch-waist jeans. Before that depressing eventuality, however, they might want to take a crucial leaf out of the Arctic Monkeys’ manual: look to words to make the songs mean something more. For a band as potentially brilliant as The Strypes, anything less would be – cue a ripple of blues guitar lines – a dirty, cryin’, rotten, no-good shame. The Strypes play the Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival on Saturday, June 28th
SEA SESSIONS 2014 –THE BEST BITS
FRIDAY JUNE 27 Dandy Warhols Their hit single days may be behind them, but you can’t keep a good band down. And if there’s a better singalong than Bohemian Like You at this year’s Sea Sessions, then you will let us know, won’t you?
New Secret Weapon This Irish band has been around for a few years, starting off as experimental (with the emphasis on ‘mental’) and improvisational, and then honing their sound to embrace/engage with psych/prog/ influences. Frank Zappa? Yep, he’d like ‘em.
Corner Boy The band name may conjure up images of someone tapping you for change, but the music is far more considered and respectful. Mining folk, roots and contemporary trad, mark this band down as one to listen to as a contrast to, say, The Minutes.
SATURDAY JUNE 28 The Strypes They really are the coolest cats around, and it must be said – the four lads really are masters of their instruments. Stop sniggering at the back, if you don’t mind.
Walking on Cars Dingle-based Walking on Cars throw some interesting commercial shapes. Comparisons to Kodaline aside, there’s no doubting the filmic sweep of the music – we could well be looking at another Irish success story by this time next year.
Ron Pope If you’re looking for some sort of oddball Renaissance Man at this year’s Sea Sessions, then Brooklyn’s Ron Pope is the guy to point a finger at – he seems to be pretty much everything wrapped up in one very busy pop/soul bundle, and if you haven’t seen him before, then make amends pronto.
SUNDAY JUNE 29 Kelis The technicolour stripes may be long since washed out in the rinse, but Kelis continues to play it straight down the line with tunes that reference quick-fire rap/soul/funk and electronics. Will she sing her biggest hit, Milkshake? Will there be sand in your runners?
Ella Eyre She isn’t yet 20, but already west Londoner Ella Eyre has clocked up hits with the likes of Bastille, Wiz Khalifa, Rudimental and Naughty Boy. One to watch, without a doubt.
Drenge Brothers Rory and Eoin Loveless (now there’s a surname for a musician!) deliver blues/pop as if it were sawn, drawn and quartered by orcs with a passion for Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music.
Little Matador Take someone out of Snow Patrol (yes, that’s you, Nathan Connolly) and a few musicians out of other bands (Tired Pony, Idlewild, The Frames), and you’ve got yourselves a mini “supergroup” that whack the sonic ball out of the park.