I’ve just found out about The Strypes = four teenagers from Cavan, Ireland that transcend their youth, playing a sweet fusion of rhythm and blues that feels like a pub band that’s been playing for many years to perfect their craft.
I had no idea who these guys were until a few days ago. As I learned more about this band, I found out they were the subject of a major bidding record label war, had their debut album produced by Chris Thomas (famous for his work with The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Sex Pistols, Roxy Music, Pete Townshened, among others), and was initially signed by Elton John‘s management company.
During a Feb. 2013 television appearance on the “Chelsea Lately” show in UK, which happened to be guest-hosted by Dave Grohl, Sir Elton said of The Strypes, “They have a knowledge of R&B and blues at 16 years of age that I have only amassed in my 65 years. They’re just like a breath of fresh air.”
I wish I knew about them before Saturday – I could have seen in San Francisco for only $12!
Anyways, here’s three great versions of LOUIE LOUIE by the Strypes, captured live within the past 7 days – the final stops of their recent American tour…
Thursday, March 27th – Crocodille Cafe, Seattle, WA – LOUIE LOUIE
Saturday, March 29th – Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA – LOUIE LOUIE
Monday, March 31st – the El Rey, Los Angeles, CA – LOUIE LOUIE with “Rockaway Beach”