Two years ago, I got to see and interview The Strypes for the first time at The Great Escape. In their mid-teens at the time, they were conquering the UK in 2013 and then made great strides in the US last year with their fast-paced garage and r&b flavored indie. Many of their best songs were covers and thus begat the question: Great band, amazing live, but how would they evolve? Here’s our first hint an an answer: “Scumbag City” slows down the pace a bit, adds some intriguing layers, and shows lead singer Ross in finer form than ever on this well-written tune. If they keep this up, they will be just fine and have a serious shot at a long-term career. Their UK album drops late July. As of this writing, there is no specific release date scheduled for the US but we know that will come. Check out our chat from TGE 2013 right here. Reviewed by Bruce Rave.
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