The Strypes may have formed in 2oo8 but they don’t sound or look like it. They have a more traditional rock sensibility and believe in always looking the part on stage. Influenced by the likes of The Undertones, The Rolling Stones and John Lee Hooker, they represent the golden days of rock n roll, but are still loved just as much in 2017.
The young Irish lads take to the main stage at TRNSMT festival this weekend, so we chatted with them first to find out all about their new album, festival experiences and, um, being afraid of condiments.
How are you feeling about playing the first ever TRNSMT festival?
We’re honoured to be playing the first ever TRNSMT festival, for its first year it’s managed to get a huge bill of bands. Most festivals take years to get to that level.
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Who are you most excited to see playing over the weekend?
Well, we really wanted to see Belle and Sebastian but unfortunately they’re on a different day. I believe Sugarmen are playing the day we are, they’re a great band. The View as well, I’m sure will be very exciting.
What’s your favourite thing about Glasgow?
What’s the best gig you’ve done here?
We played The Garage on Sauchiehall Street about 2 years ago. It was far and away one of the most off the wall, crazy gigs we’ve ever done. The audiences in Scotland are some of the maddest you’ll ever come across. We’re bound by our Celtic ancestry! We’re playing there again on the 6th of October.
Which is your favourite track to play live?
I very much enjoy playing a song called ‘(I Need A Break From) Holidays’ off the new album. It goes down very well with the crowd – easy to sing along to which always helps.
Tell us a bit about your new album ‘Spitting Image’ and what fans can expect from it?
It came out about 3 weeks ago, having recorded it back in November of last year we’re glad it’s finally out! Produced by Ethan Johns, it’s an album we’re immensely proud of. We recorded a lot of it entirely live, even live vocal takes. The main difference between this one and the last two is that myself and Ev have written half of it. We thought it was time we started a partnership and got to work early last year. Potential listeners can expect a slight departure from the speed blues we’re known for. Instead, we focused more on our interest in exploring the new wave/punk genre that we’d become increasingly obsessed with. A healthy pinch of power pop went a long way too.
You’ve just finished up your UK tour – how did it go?
It couldn’t have gone better. It’s the first time we’ve undertaken a proper tour of the UK in 18 months so we were excited to return. We’ve been playing a lot of new songs in the set and people have been very receptive to them which was very gratifying for us. It’s always hard balancing the familiar and the unfamiliar in a new set. We’re wrapping up this UK tour with our slot at TRNSMT and couldn’t think of a better way to end it. We are back in October playing another Uk Tour so grab your tickets!
What was the first festival you went to as a punter?
Last year was my first festival experience as a punter. We were playing Electric Picnic in Ireland and I decided to stay the whole weekend with two friends. A flooded tent, bleeding in my Docs, freezing cold weather… it was fun but it’s certainly easier being a band at a festival!
Tell us something people may not know about you?
I don’t eat wet food. Sauce scares me, apart from gravy. Me and gravy have an understanding.
Why should people go see you at TRNSMT?
We have a laugh onstage and you might too. If not, in the immortal words of Man and The Echo, ‘I Don’t Give A Fuck What You Reckon’.
The Strypes play the main stage at TRNSMT on Sunday 9th July. Tickets are available now.