Thanks to 1 2 3 o’clock 4 o’clock Rock for introducing me to The Strypes! These kids are good. Very good. Give them a listen and try not to move. It’s impossible.

1 2 3 o' clock 4 o' clock Rock

strypes janeWhat’s with all these teens in the UK wanting to play the music of their grandparents? Back in high school, my friends and I never had the urge to form a swinging big band hybrid of Glenn Miller and Count Basie. But across the pond, some youngsters are ignoring modern trends in favor of dusting off Nana and Grandad’s old 45s.

Last year, Jake Bugg and his Dylan-meets-Oasis vibe propelled him to the top of the UK charts (here in the US, Gatorade recently placed his song “Lightning Bolt” in a commercial). And now we have The Strypes, an Irish foursome who look like a mod One Direction (sorry lads, you’ll probably hear that a lot) but sound like early Rolling Stones crossed with the manic energy of early Who and Yardbirds. They’ve recently garnered plaudits from Jeff Beck, Dave Grohl, Sir Elton John and Noel Gallagher, all of whom have been…

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