June 21, 2017 |

The Strypes – Spitting Image

The Strypes – Spitting Image

June 21, 2017 |

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The Strypes are back with 'Spitting Image', and it's a cracker full of rock riffs, infectious rhythms, catchy vocals; and if anyone can bring back the harmonica (did it even really leave?), it's these guys.

The album opens with 'Behind Closed Doors', and you can immediately tell how the band have progressed over the two years since 2015's 'Little Victories'. The Strypes take influence from the late 70's, and have a much less blues-y sound than we've heard from them before, favouring a style more similar to Elvis Costello and The Jam, especially on songs like 'Consequence'.

The addition of keyboards and an acoustic guitar to this album adds something new, it isn't a carbon copy of 'Little Victories', rather it takes all the best bits from that album, amplifies them, and adds a whole bunch of new talent to create a pretty perfect sounding album. Special mention to bassist Pete O'Hanlon and drummer Evan Walsh, as they're credited for writing half the songs on the album.