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Album Review

The Strypes' unlikely combination of teens playing music inspired by pub rock and the blues drew equal amounts of hype and goodwill from a constellation of rock stars. Before they even released their debut album, they'd signed to Elton John's management company, toured with the Arctic Monkeys, played with Paul Weller, and counted Roger Daltrey, Dave Grohl, and Noel Gallagher as fan club members. This who's who of support, and Snapshot itself, often feel like a last-ditch effort to get 21st century kids into rock instead of the rap, dance, and pop that captured their imagination (and the charts). Regardless of the hype and hopes surrounding the album, it reveals that the Strypes love and are well versed in the sounds of British blues-rock, pub rock, and the blues musicians who started it all. While the band may shrug off Beatles comparisons, the boyish energy with which they bound through these songs evokes a particularly well-recorded night at the Cavern Club (it doesn't hurt that Snapshot's producer, Chris Thomas, worked with the Beatles as well as the Sex Pistols). Like the Fab Four during that time, the Strypes sound the most confident on their own songs. There's a bit of a young Liam Gallagher's sneer to Ross Farrelly's voice on "Perfect Storm" (no wonder the band recruited him after hearing his version of "Wonderwall"), and he sounds anything but timid despite his complaints on "Hometown Girls." Elsewhere, the Strypes flex their songwriting chops on "What a Shame," where tightly coiled verses unleash bashed-out choruses. Snapshot might be more successful at reassuring rock fans of a certain age that some young people find sounds three or four times older than them exciting than it is at getting kids excited about bluesy rock. Taken on its own terms, though, it's a solid debut from a band that can only benefit from more experience. [Snapshot was also released with a bonus track.]

Customer Reviews


Yes yes,fresh and new.There are a number of really good tunes on this one

Fun, fresh

So far so good. I keep waiting for this to get cheesy and it doesn't.


Formed: 2008 in Cavan, Ireland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Upon their arrival, the Strypes attracted as much attention for their members' ages (between 16 and 17) as they did for their influences (Dr. Feelgood, Rockpile, Howlin' Wolf, and the Yardbirds, among others). The Cavan, Ireland group began in 2008, when Evan Walsh, Pete O'Hanlon, and Josh McClorey began jamming at Walsh's house after being inspired by their parents' music collections. With Walsh on drums, O'Hanlon singing, and McClorey on guitar, an early version of the Strypes -- whose name was...
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