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The Bowery Ballroom was packed Tuesday night for the NYC debut of the latest U.K. craze, the Strypes. Complete with teenagers and oldies alike, the crowd was raring to see them, especially given the band’s ubiquitous “buzz” from SXSW. Australian act, Gang of Youths, who made their own splash during the Austin shmoozefest last week, opened the show. Considering the somewhat short time they were given, the band primed the place with their energetic, ethereal rock.
The teenagers that compose the Strypes are boldly refreshing live. Hailing from Ireland, these gents bring with them a bordering-on-cocky (dare we say, the Hives-ish?) ownership of their music that’s rooted in some of the big rock stars from the ’70s, though the Strypes’ sound remains rooted in a scruffier, dive-bar fever. They may be one of those bands whose live sessions sound immensely more organic than their recorded work. Wooing the audience with tracks primarily from their 2013 studio album, Snapshot, the Strypes made sure New York was sad to see them go.
Photos and words by Emily Korn.