A tour full of sold out gigs. Elton John signing you to his label. Playing with your heroes... The Strypes have had a pretty full-on year or so.
A return to Leeds to follow up last year’s appearances at the Cockpit and festival saw the lads tighter, more confident and laying down a slick set of rythmn and blues.
For anyone expecting boy band crooning and heftily produced dance music it would have been a rude awakening from the teen tornado from Cavan.
Their own Blue Collar Jane rubbed shoulders happily with I’m a Hog for You Baby and Heart of the City – a blistering set full of classic blues and rock intertwined with self-penned numbers echoed Dr Feelgood, Nine Below Zero, and then back to early Rolling Stones and the likes of Bo Diddley and the blues greats.
If they keep this pace they’ll give the US and Europe a real treat as the head overseas in the next couple of months.
Gig date: February 17