New Music: The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane

I thought that I’d start this review by revealing two very fascinating yet totally contrasting facts about The Strypes: the band’s four members are between the ages of 14 and 16 and they are playing this year’s Glastonbury festival. Those two statements I can tell you are particularly depressing for a 17 year old to have to write.

Hailing from Cavan in Ireland, The Strypes have made an incredibly fast and impressive impact on the music world; from earning the praise from Paul Weller and Jeff Beck, to appearing on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’. This all coming despite them having only one single thus far: ‘Blue Collar Jane’, which sounds like The Fratellis covering a Rolling Stones song if they were listening to the Arctic Monkeys at the same time (honestly, that was meant to be a compliment). If my previous attempt at a compliment comes across in any other fashion – it sounds fucking good.

Although The Strypes look as if they would have been happier to have been born several decades earlier their music still manages to not only sound fresh but original as well. Supported by a catchy, classic rock riff the chorus bounces off the verses as describe the woman (or possibly girl in this case?) of the band’s affections. The phrase “one to watch” is thrown around recklessly in this day and age, but in this instance it is most certainly justified. Catch The Strypes wherever you can; I’m certainly going to try.