The ridiculously talented, ridiculously young, Irish rock band The Strypes have had a groundbreaking year in 2013. Their debut album ‘Snapshot’ reached #4 in the UK charts, they played their first string of major festival dates, supported Arctic Monkeys around the UK and Europe’s major stadiums as well as playing masses of their own UK shows throughout the year.
Their latest offering comes in the form of a new EP, titled ‘4 Track Mind’, released through Virgin EMI this week to coincide with the start of their biggest UK tour. Although the sound is still true to the hard-driving rhythm and blues gauntlet laid down by debut album ‘Snapshot’, the four new original tracks are bigger and more advanced than anything they’ve previously released. First single ‘Hard To Say No’ establishes McClorey’s writing at it’s most potent, with a driving adolescent hook, perfectly accompanying Farrelly’s thrilling vocal.
Having just finished a US tour already this year, the boys are now returning to UK shores for their first headline tour to date, including an NME Awards Show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on the 13th. In March the band then head back to the US for their second string of headline dates before returning to the UK to start work on their next record. With a new arsenal of material to play along with live favourites from ‘Snapshot’, the dates promise an exciting and fresh set ahead of what promises to be an even bigger year for The Strypes.