Sunday 17 February 2019

The Strypes announce split after seven years

Cavan band The Strypes
Cavan band The Strypes
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Strypes have announced they're splitting up after seven years.

The Cavan quartet announced the news on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

"Over the past 7 years we have played in toilets and theatres, in cafe's and castles, from Scotshouse to Tokyo and back again," they wrote.

"We've been in bedrooms and buses, planes, trains and automobiles.  We've been on telly, on radio and on record.  It's been fun and exciting, dull and dangerous, easy, tough, frustrating, satisfying and amazing. 

"It's been a life and a living.  But we've decided to call time on The Strypes. Thank you all.  See you in the next cartoon!  Ross, Josh, Pete & Ev."

Peter O'Hanlon, Evan Walsh, Josh McClorey and Ross Farrelly began playing together when they were 13 and 14 and formed the band in 2011. 

They initially got a record deal with Mercury Records, signing to Elton John's Rocket Music Entertainment Group and performed their first single Blue Collar Jane on Later... with Jools Holland.

They have released three studio albums - Snapshot, Little Victories, and Spitting Image - two of which hit the top 20 in the UK and a number one in Ireland.  They sold out three Japanese tours.

All four members of the band recently landed roles in Rocketman, the fantasy musical charting the early days in the career of Sir Elton John.  The film stars Taron Egerton as the lengendary star as well as Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.

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