The Strypes – Islington Garage (1st February 2016) – LIVE REVIEW

This Strypes article was written by Simon Bull, a Gigsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson. Bottom photo by Billie Taylor.

Tonight is the first night of the month long NME Awards shows that take place at a different London venue every night. The honour of playing this first show falls to The Strypes, which is surprising as NME have never really rated them, as the band alluded to several times during the night “We’d like to thank the NME for allowing us to play this show and not writing about us”

Opening with a brilliant cover of David Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’ in tribute to the great man, it got the crowd hyped up from the off. What followed was a succession of hits from their two albums & numerous EPs to date, complete with a rare outing for ‘Angel Eyes’ from their debut album.

If you’ve been to a Strypes show before, you know there is minimal talking between songs and no setlist is ever the same. And when they do natter, it’s usually a dig at each other or thanking people for coming.

For such a young age, The Strypes act and play like an already established band, so it’s a shame magazines like NME don’t give them the credit they deserve as they’re easily better musicians than some of the bands who get put upon pedestals.

Lead singer Ross Farrelly has certainly come out of his shell since the early days, acting like the confident front man and no longer hiding behind his sunglasses. The whole band looked cool and collected on stage and it was a joy to see them getting the credit and recognition that they deserve.

All in all, The Strypes held their own and had the crowd wrapped up in a wise performance beyond their years.

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