- 14 Nov 18
The Cavan lads announced this morning that they would be calling time on the band.
Having released three widely acclaimed albums and donned the Hot Press cover several times in their career, The Strypes were regarded as one of the best up-and-coming rock'n'roll bands in Ireland.
Speaking about the news, Hot Press rock correspondent Pat Carty wrote: "They were such a great band, and what really boiled the guts of anyone who's ever picked up a guitar is that they were great from day one. I met them when the played the Picnic for the first time - they were all about 8 years old - and they blew all the cynics, me included, away. They sounded great, they looked good, and they had time on their side. I was obscenely jealous, and I wasn't the only one either. The next time I saw them, in Stags Head Dublin for the short lived Arthur's Day con, they were even better, and they were still in short trousers. Bastards.
"I've lucky enough to hang out and write about them a few times - The Picnic, a great night downstairs in The Thomas House with David Keenan in support, their very-good-indeed "last" album, Spitting Image, and this time last year for their Christmas Whelan's gig. They were also one of my first public interviews in the Hot Press Magazine chatroom at Electric Picnic. I hadn't a clue what I was doing - I still don't - but they gamely played along, answering with good humour whatever inane bullshit I was coming out with."
Read their full goodbye statement here. Thanks for all the memories, Pete, Josh, Ross and Evan.