What a year 2017 has been for our favourite boys from Cavan, The Strypes. Never ones to stop April saw them release their killer single ‘Oh Cruel World’ as well as taking to the stage for the “Rock Against Homelessness” gig in the Olympia Theatre Dublin. This fundraiser’s star studded lineup saw them share the stage with acts such as Finbar Furey, Paul Brady, Delorentos, The Blizzards, Paul Cleary, Ham Sandwich, Ivy Nations, August Wells and Katherine Lynch amongst others. The whooper singles just keep on coming with The Strypes, and on the 12th of May they released their single “Behind Closed Doors” and their very trippy video to accompany it. Make sure to check it out below if you haven’t already.
The thrills just kept coming from The Strypes as a jam packed June saw the single and accompanying video release for the killer “Great Expectations” before the release of the bands critically acclaimed third album “Spitting Image” which was celebrated with a live stream from Thomas House and Tower Records.
A jam packed summer was to follow with July seeing them play Hyde Park on the 8th as support for The Killers, before slaying the festival circuit around the world including, Always the Sun Festival, Electric Picnic, Festival Mare de Agosto - Portugal, Sziget Fest- Hungary, Fuji Rock Japan, Benicassim, Dour Festival Belgium Musilac Festival in France and TRNSMT Glasgow along with taking the Spitting Images tour on the road in the UK with dates in Edinburgh, Hebden Bridge, Stoke-On-Trent, Oxford, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Cardiff, Preston, Sheffield Plug, Lemmington Spa and Norwich.
Making a return to Ireland for Electric Picnic in September, the band played at stormer at Dublin Castle Culture Night before jetting off to America in October on a UK Tour which saw them play Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, Glasgow Brighton, Manchester, London and jetting off to America to play Portland, San Francisco and San Diageo. Somehow during this hectic period they also managed to find the time to release a “Spitting Image” acoustic demos EP and record a cover of “Trip Through Your Wires” for the Joshua Tree new roots album in aid of Laura Lynn children's Hospital fund and support Liam Gallagher’s headline show at Samhain Festival at Weston Airport Hanger.
November saw the boys head overseas again on their Japan Tour, which took in sold out show in Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Nahoya, Osaka and Tokyo. The Strypes rounded off their year with a trio of intimate Whelan’s shows. Joining The Strypes were Belfast’s Brand New Friend on December 21st, Limerick's Powpig for the all ages matinee show on 22 December and Dublin's Thumper on 22 December for their sold out evening show. The Strypes new album ‘Spitting Image’ was built to be played live and these shows proved that. Don’t worry if you missed out on them playing in 2017 as their 2018 calendar looks even bigger and better, and that’s saying something!