After forming in Cavan, Ireland The Strypes released a self-produced EP of Blues covers titled, "Young, Gifted & Blue." Though initially viewed as a school boy project the EP reached #1 on the iTunes Blues Chart the day after its release. Their version of Bo Diddley's "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover" even became a minor Irish radio hit.
That success led The Strypes to relocate to London, where they expanded their sound to encompass Garage Rock and Speed Blues (aka Punk). They were signed to Rocket Music Management, owned by Elton John, and landed on Mercury Records. In addition to Sir Elton, the group soon counted the Jeff Beck (Yardbirds/Jeff Beck Group), Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Roger Daltrey (The Who) among their fans.
"They have a knowledge of R&B and Blues at 16 years of age that I have only amassed in my 65 years," claimed Elton. "They're just like a breath of fresh air."
The Strypes debut Mercury single was "Blue Collar Jane" which did fairly well, just missing the Top 10 on the iTunes Alternative Chart. Second and third singles, "Hometown Girls" and "What A Shame" were also culled from The Strypes full-length debut, "Snapshot."
In the U.S., The Strypes performed at the '14 SXSW and were presented the Grulke Prize, named after the late SXSW creative director Brent Grulke, for Developing Non-US Act.
But all that was a prelude to a four page (two of which was a band photo) article in an April, '14 issue of Rolling Stone magazine that coincided with the U.S. release of "Snapshot."