Sounds Like: With wailing harmonica and guitar parts that bite too hard to call "licks," these four Irish teens rip into old blues, rock and R&B not because they want to recreate history but because they want to make it.
For Fans Of: Nuggets, the Strokes, the Sonics
Why You Should Pay Attention: Released in the U.S. this month, the Strypes' debut, Snapshot, is already a hit in the U.K. and Ireland, where it came out last fall. Wowed elders from Elton John to Dave Grohl were already talking these kids up even before then. The band's now being exposed to wider audiences worldwide: They opened for the Arctic Monkeys on a European tour late last year, and they backed Irish oddball B.P. Fallon in a high profile Lou Reed tribute at SXSW, performing "Vicious."
They Say: As the Strypes make their way across the U.S. on their first full-fledged stateside tour, guitarist-singer Josh McClorey (the grand old man of the band at 18) has nothing but love for the crowd they're attracting. "I find the American audiences have really broad taste," he says. "They're real music fans, and there's a lot less cynicism over here in regard to old black music. It's not about trends. A lot of the time in the U.K. there are scenes that develop, and that's great too – there's a lot of kids our age, pogoing and moshing. But when I look out at American crowds I see a general public who just like the band."
Hear for Yourself: The Strypes plowed through "What a Shame" on Late Show With David Letterman. By Keith Harris