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Dose of the blues puts Irish teens top of the charts

A TEENAGE blues band have hit the top of the online charts.

The Stypes, which consists of Ross Farrelly (14), Evan Walsh (15), Josh McClory (16) and Pete O'Hanlon (16), sound as if they're about to set the music world alight.

The schoolboys already have a fan in the form of renowned British actor Keith Allen, who is father of singer Lily Allen.

Their distinct retro sound has helped them to establish themselves as the 'next big thing' in Irish music, and it's even rumoured that Keith will make a trip to Cavan especially to play with the boys, having already played with them over the summer.

Speaking to the Herald, mentor of the band and dad of Evan, Niall Walsh, explained how The Stypes are winning over fans.

"They appeal right across the board, from kids to people in their sixties.

"Ian Dempsey tweeted that they were going to save Irish rock and roll," he said.

And they've already begun topping the charts. The Stypes released their EP, 'Young, Gifted and Blue' on Friday only to discover on Saturday that they were number one on the iTunes Blues album chart.

They've been packing The Grand Social and Sweeney's in Dublin and they'll be spending their holidays travelling Europe and playing the likes of the Electric Picnic.

Niall explained that The Stypes not only have a unique sound, the teenagers have a unique attitude to music, too.

"They aren't really interested in contemporary music," he said. "They hate all that X Factor stuff and being famous for the sake of being famous."