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Teen band earns its Strypes by signing 'dream' five-album deal

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 12/12/2012 | 05:00

THEY are so young that their parents had to sign the contract.

But four teenagers from Cavan look set for stardom after signing a "dream deal" with Universal Music.

It started with an appearance on 'The Late Late Toy Show' in 2010 and since then The Strypes have gigged their way to becoming one of the hottest properties in the music business with A&R men desperate to sign them up.

However, the chase ended in The Clarence Hotel in Dublin last weekend when Universal signed them to a five-album deal.

"Because we're all under age, our mum and dads had to sign the contract on our behalf – and they are as thrilled as we are," the band's bass player Pete O'Hanlon told the Irish Independent.

Niall Walsh, father of drummer Evan Walsh, says the lucrative deal is particularly sweet as he spent the 80s as a member of Cavan band The Fireflys.

"We never came anywhere near getting a recording contract like this. It really is a dream deal," said Niall who now manages The Strypes.

The band – comprising drummer Evan (16), lead singer Ross Farrelly (15), bass player Pete (16) and guitarist Josh McClorey (17) – only formed two years ago.

Taking a break from their studies, The Strypes plan on recording their debut album in January.

Paul Weller recently named the group as his favourite new band in music magazine 'Mojo'. They play Whelans on December 18.

Irish Independent

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