Gone have the sharp suits, gone have the set full of covers replacing them are a band with their own style, stunningly tight and hugely dynamic….Irish band The Strypes are back in Glasgow and the QMU is packed to the back walls, ‘The Mighty Stef’ are opening , they are pretty shit hot and take to the Scottish audience like old friends meeting after years who repay them with a rapturous applause.

In the five years since since the Strypes formed in Cavan, Ireland these young fellas have built up a pretty impressive career…..appearing in Later With Jools, Letterman, featuring in the NME and Mojo, touring with The Artic monkeys… these guys are already seasoned performers and it shows in their live performances.

An early kick off at 8:30 saw the band explode onto the stage with ‘Eighty Four’…the Artic Monkeys influence obvious. “Best Man’ and ‘What The People Don’t See”carries on the tempo in their more recognized blues style. Joe Jackson’s ‘Im The Man is covered in a pretty impressive style and the crowd go mental.  ‘A Good Night’s Sleep And A Cab Fare Home’ slows down the pace and takes The Strypes in a new direction demonstrating their incredible songwriting prowess. The Strypes now almost unrecognizable from the last time I saw them were amazing and it pleases me noe end to see the next generation of musicians play with such skill and verve and is very refreshing in this age of manufactured pop dross. Highlights of the set for me were ‘Get into It’, ‘Blue Collar Jane’ and the set closer Bo Diddley’s ‘You Cant Judge A Book By Its Cover’ which the band have made their own. Their blues influence maybe waning a little but the new stuff is brilliant and no doubt will project them into the mainstream stratosphere!! In the top ten gigs of this year by a country mile.

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