- 02 Feb 16
Our ears are still ringing from the incendiary performance the Cavan lads put in this past weekend. If you weren't lucky enough to be in attendance - or just feel like reliving it - then check out our review of a memorable night in Dublin
HP lensman Daniel Faz was on hand to capture the action - check out the photo gallery here.
The meteoric ascent of The Strypes continues apace and tonight the Cavan outfit tick off another item on their to-do list with a headline show in one of the capital’s most legendary venues.
Kicking off the set with a note-perfect, raucous cover ‘Rebel Rebel’ the combo look slick and accomplished, stylishly commanding the spacious stage. “Well holy shit, it’s The Olympia. I’ve a feeling this is going to be the best gig of all time,” enthuses guitarist Josh McClory to whoops of delight.
Over the next 90 minutes they blast though a set culled primarily from breakthrough debut Snapshot and latest offering Little Victories peppered with some choice tributes including a rollicking take on The Rolling Stones’ ‘Bitch’. The addition of a brass section also adds extra dimension to familiar tracks and gives them the opportunity to flex their soul muscles with their take on the classic ‘Soul Finger’.
Elsewhere ‘Get Into It’ and ‘What A Shame’ are raw and explosive, ‘Angel Eyes’ is hypnotic in its bluesy brilliance and anthemic ode to their hometown ‘Scumbag City Blues’ unleashes mass hysteria.
Displaying a new maturity, the troupe seem self-possessed and confident. On one occasion Josh comes over to singer Ross Farrelly and slings an arm around him, perhaps in a nod to the infamous Bowie/Ronson incident on Top Of The Pops. An homage to their forbearers but also a statement of defiance. Onwards and upwards.