Gary Flockhart: Young band have earned their Strypes

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WHAT do Sir Elton John, Paul Weller, Jeff Beck, Noel Gallagher and Roger Daltrey all have in common. Well, apart from all five being incredibly rich and famous musicians, they’re known fans of young Irish band The Strypes.

To that list you can add Dave Grohl, who was so taken by their brand of melodic, blues-infused rock that he invited them to open for Foo Fighters at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light a few weeks back.

Anyone in the Capital who wants to know what the fuss is over these four teenagers from Cavan should make a beeline for The Caves for the band’s double-header on Sunday and Monday.

There, The Strypes will be playing tracks from their forthcoming sophomore album, Little Victories, as well one some fan favourites from their much-acclaimed 2012 debut, Snapshot.

“The new tracks are basically energetic guitar music with a heavy blues influence,” says drummer Evan Walsh. “It’s definitely a progression from the sound of the first album, but there’s still a tangible link between them.”

The band, who also play T in the Park next month, have had a pretty hectic schedule of touring and recording since the release of their debut, but they’re not complaining.

“We’ve played throughout the UK, Europe, North America, Asia, and of course Ireland,” says Walsh. “We’ve also make appearances on US TV programmes like the Conan and David Letterman, and won the Grulke Prize for best up-and-coming international act at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

“Our favourite gig so far has to be the Academy in Dublin last December,” continues Walsh. “The Garage in Glasgow was also a stand-out. We had a very laddish crowd in and by the end it was like a football match. At one point a song completely gave way to the crowd’s chanting.”

Edinburgh, it would appear that the gauntlet has been thrown.