Track Review: The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane

by Sam Skilton
When an artist draws the attention of the likes of Paul Weller, Jeff Beck, Elton John and Noel Gallagher, it is a sure sign that they must be doing something right. There probably hasn’t been this much hype surrounding a band since Arctic Monkeys formed just over ten years ago, back when Alex Turner was just 17 years of age.
Believe it or not, The Strypes are even younger, but they certainly do not disappoint. Formed in the little town of Cavan in Ireland back in 2011, the four-piece have an average age of just 15. What’s more incredible is that, unlike most kids of their age whose musical knowledge extends little beyond the likes of Justin Bieber and One Direction, the repertoire of these young Irish lads includes a number of classic rhythm and blues tracks; from Bo Diddley to Slim Harpo.
Ross Farrelly (lead vocals and harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar and vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar and harmonica) and Evan Walsh, similarly to their predecessors – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds – started off playing covers, but have since started to add original material to their live sets.
Drawing inspiration from the rock and roll stars of the past, The Strypes probably wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Sixties – a number of their photos and videos presented in black and white, while they adopt the mod-style fashion which was popular at the time. They wouldn’t have sounded out of place in the Sixties either, with ‘Blue Collar Jane’ easily mistakable for a classic rhythm and blues number. One day, maybe it will be.
Release Date: Unconfirmed
Record Label: Mercury
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