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Young Gifted & Blue
The Strypes Young, Gifted & Blue
Released 13 April 2012
Producer(s) Niall Walsh, The Strypes
Label Reckless Records
Length 11.27
Genre Blues
Website facebook.com/The-Strypes

You may recognise these guys from The Late Late Show recently where they performed their debut single 'You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover' live. Ryan Tubridy introduced them as having the average age of fifteen. They are so well knit, like they’ve being playing together for years.

Welcome to the world of Cavan’s own foursome The Strypes. When you first see the EP cover art it’s hard not to think of The Beatles. There are some distinct similarities to the With The Beatles cover with the four lads faces shot in simple black and white.

This is not where The Beatles trend stops. The aforementioned opener 'You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover' is a short and sweet, no frills, rocker that the fab-four would have been chuffed with in their early days. The guitar sound is very raw throughout, reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys debut single 'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor'.

All four of the tracks here are old Motown and Blues songs. 'You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover' was originally a Bo Diddley hit and he also had an influence on 'I Wish You Would' which Billy Boy Arnold wrote while working with Bo. This song has a cracking guitar riff throughout with plenty of harmonica added to the tone.

'Leaving Here' is a song written by Holland–Dozier–Holland. Motorhead actually covered and released it as their debut single back in 1977. Final track 'Got Love If You Want It' was written by James Moore and covered by the like of The Kinks and The Yardbirds.

I’m looking forward to seeing these live in the flesh sometime soon.

This is a great debut release. A welcome breath of fresh air. Things could get massive if they keep it up.

- Leon Byrne