Cavan-born Strypes are ready to take on the world
THEY are off on Thursday for a sell-out tour of Japan and Australia, can count the hard-to-please singer Noel Gallagher as a fan, and David Letterman signed off their appearance on his show by saying: "The Strypes – that's all you need to know."
But if you ask the Cavan four-piece rhythm and blues band, with an average age of 17, what was the standout moment of their two year whirlwind rise to the top, without hesitation they say it was the shows they did in their hometown before Christmas.
Even a sound check by the band last night caused passers-by to stop and listen on the street outside Sweeney's bar on Dame Street in Dublin, where the band returned to their roots to play a gig to celebrate the venue's fifth birthday.
And though lead singer Ross Farrelly is still 16 years old, and the rest of the band just 18, the Strypes have incredibly already inspired their own tribute act in Japan.
"They're probably better than we are," joked bass player Pete O'Hanlon, conceding that they are, at they very least, probably older.