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EP REVIEW : The Strypes – ‘Flat Out’ EP

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This ‘Strypes’ review was written by Gareth Bryant, a GIGsoup contributor.

Irish four-piece ‘The Strypes’ return this month with a wonderfully “mature” three-track EP, ‘Flat Out’. Following 2014’s ‘4 Track Mind’ EP the band appear to be moving onwards and upwards, building upon the youthful blues rock of their first album with harder guitars, slicker riffs and more adventurous arrangements.

Following their 2012 debut LP ‘Snapshot’, the youngest band in pop music are certainly in the process of musically growing up. Their roots in Rolling Stones-style blues covers and Beatles-esque youth appeal made their first album an accomplished, remarkably raw record; considering they hadn’t even finished secondary school at the time. Unfortunately, due to the fact that they are sold on their youthfulness, the album felt a tad manufactured at times.

This new material, however, is a little harder hitting, with the lead single ‘Scumbag City’ finding a space between early ‘Led Zeppelin’ and ‘Razorlight’. The overdriven blues riff and wah-wah guitar solo, coupled with the “cheeky” use of the phrase “take the piss”, showcase a band attempting to shed their “young band” label.

The second track on the release, ‘Eighty-Four’, takes more from modern indie rock and at first glance wouldn’t sound out of place on ‘Arctic Monkey’s’ ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’. With overdriven bass and Strokes-esque lead guitar in the chorus, it is a serviceable rock song that will appeal to the noughties generation as well as their key ‘sixties nostalgia’ audience. The EP is rounded off by a short cover of ‘The MC5’s’ ‘Kick Out The Jams’; the legendary song that had it’s hand in the creation of punk rock. Executed reasonably well, it is perhaps a sign that the group are sourcing their influences from a wider range of artists.

While still a pop rock record at heart, this EP (though 3 tracks is more of a single, isn’t it?) alludes to a bright future for ‘The Strypes’, who certainly have age on their side when it comes to development.

The ‘Flat Out’ EP is out now on ‘Fairly Extreme’ (Virgin EMI Records)

The band are about to embark on a UK Tour to support this release. The dates are as follows…

5th May 2015 – Portland Arms, Cambridge TICKETS
6th May 2015 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham TICKETS
7th May 2015 – Roadmender, Northampton TICKETS
8th May 2015 – Esquires, Bedford TICKETS
10th May 2015 – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells TICKETS
11th May 2015 – Chinnerys, Southend TICKETS
12th May 2015 – Mr Kyps, Poole TICKETS
13th May 2015 – Cheese and Grain, Frome TICKETS
15th May 2015 – The Great Escape, Brighton TICKETS
16th May 2015 – Engine Rooms, Southampton TICKETS
17th May 2015 – Phoenix, Exeter TICKETS
18th May 2015 – Boileroom, Guildford TICKETS
20th May 2015 – Paget Rooms, Cardiff TICKETS
21st May 2015 – Paget Rooms, Cardiff TICKETS
22nd May 2015 – Sin City, Swansea TICKETS
23rd May 2015 – Central Station, Wrexham TICKETS
26th May 2015 – Kasbah, Coventry TICKETS
27th May 2015 – Fruit, Hull TICKETS
28th May 2015 – The Duchess, York TICKETS
30th May 2015 – Slane Castle (Foo Fighters support), Dublin TICKETS
2nd June 2015 – Boston Music Room, London TICKETS
6th June 2015 – Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees TICKETS
7th June 2015 – Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees TICKETS
8th June 2015 – The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne TICKETS
9th June 2015 – Brickyard, Carlisle TICKETS
10th June 2015 – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge TICKETS
12th June 2015 – Territorios Sevilla, Sevilla TICKETS
14th June 2015 – Caves, Edinburgh TICKETS
15th June 2015 – Caves, Edinburgh TICKETS
16th June 2015 – PJ Mollys, Dunfermline TICKETS
19th June 2015 – Vorterix, Buenos Aires TICKETS
21st June 2015 – 19∞ Cultura Inglesa Festival, Sao Paulo TICKETS
4th July 2015 – Festival Beauregard, Caen TICKETS
11th July 2015 – T in The Park, Perthshire TICKETS
16th July 2015 – Club Quattro, Tokyo TICKETS
18th July 2015 – Vieilles Charrues, Carhaix TICKETS
19th July 2015 – Dour Festival, Dour TICKETS
2nd August 2015 – Y Not Festival, Derbyshire TICKETS
8th August 2015 – Boardmasters Festival, Newquay TICKETS
4th September 2015 – Kuxta Kultur Festival, San Sebastian TICKETS

The ‘Flat Out’ track-listing is as follows…

‘Scumbag City’
‘Kick Out the Jams’

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