When Derry band ‘The Undertones’ first started recording music in the late seventies, Josh McClorey, Ross Farrelly, Pete O’Hanlon and Evan Walsh weren’t even born.
Josh, Ross, Pete and Evan are better known as ‘The Strypes’ and they said even though the ‘The Undertones’ were long before their time the band has been a major influence on them.
‘The Strypes’ will take to the stage inside the Nerve Centre on Saturday December 13.
“There are a few bands who we would regard as having had a major influence on our music and ‘The Undertones’ is one of them,” said drummer, Evan.
“We are big fans of the whole way ‘The Undertones’ went about their music. From practising in garages and houses to their music and their lyrics. ‘The Undertones’ have certainly made a significant impact on us. We owe a lot to ‘The Undertones.
“We’ve been to Derry once before last year as part of Radio One’s Big Weekend - that was a great experience.
“We are really looking forward to getting back to Derry for the Nerve Centre concert.
“We had a look about the Nerve Centre the last time we were in Derry and we have heard really good reports about it as a venue.”
The Nerve Centre in Derry has hosted some of the most memorable music events in the city in the last few years.
Earlier this year, ‘Kasabian’, who went on to headline world famous music festival, ‘Glastonbury’, packed out the Nerve Centre and local fans described it as one of the best music events they had ever been to.
“We have heard the Nerve Centre is the kind of venue where music fans really like to get into the music - that’s exactly what we will be after when we walk on stage next month,” added Evan.
‘The Strypes’ formed as a four piece band back in 2011 but their rise prominence was both swift and impressive.
The band signed with Mercury in December 2012 and went on to be featured in popular music magazines like ‘NME’ and ‘Mojo’.
Noel Gallagher (formerly of ‘Oasis’), Roger Daltrey (lead singer in ‘The Who’) and ‘The Foo Fighters’ front man, Dave Grohl are all thought to be fans of ‘The Strypes’.
During a February 2013 TV appearance on ‘Chelsea Lately’ guest hosted by Grohl, Sir. Elton John said of ‘The Strypes’, “They have a knowledge of R&B and blues at 16 years of age that I have only amassed in my 65 years. They’re just like a breath of fresh air.”
Last year, the band supported ‘The Arctic Monkeys’ on their tour of Europe.
‘The Strypes’ will open their tour of Ireland on December 4 and 5 with two nights in Cavan Town Hall before moving on to places like Derry, Belfast, Dublin and Galway.
“The Irish tour should be a lot of fun,” said bass guitar and harmonica player, Pete.
“We are really looking forward to getting back on the road. We have a van and we drive around the country with all of our equipment - things have been going so well we have been able to hire a driver,” he joked.
“Personally, I can’t wait for the gig up in Derry. Obviously, we are really looking forward to the two nights in Cavan Town Hall but the gig in Derry should be an absolute cracker.”
‘The Strypes’ have been travelling back and forward to England where they are busy recording the follow-up to their 2013 debut album ‘Snapshot’. Pete confirmed that the band intend to use their up and coming Irish tour to test out new material on their fans,
“It’s been a long time since we crowd tested new material but I can’t wait to see what our fans think of our new material. We have a lot of new songs and our album should on release in the first half of 2015 - we are really excited about it,” he said.
For more information on ‘The Strypes’ visit their website www.thestrypes.com or to buy tickets for their concert in the Nerve Centre next month visit www.wegottickets.com/event/292440(Tickets cost £15 plus a £1.50 booking fee).