Friday, 31 May 2019

The Strypes - Little Victories (2015)

A good night's sleep and a cab fare home....


Released July 2015

While I like The Strypes, and admire their youthful talent and energy, I have to admit that they are very derivative, and wear their influences on their chest for all to hear. Their first album was very Dr. Feelgood, their third Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Graham Parker and new wave, while this one was owing a huge debt to Oasis, with a bit of 70s heavy rock thrown in. Fair play to them to trying different sorts of music, though, but their magpie tendencies means that they have a bit of a problem developing their own musical identity. You don't hear a Strypes track and think "oh, that's the Strypes".


1. Get Into It
2. I Need To Be Your Only
3. A Good Night's Sleep and A Cab Fare Home
4. Eighty-Four
5. Queen Of The Half Crown
6. (I Wanna Be Your) Everyday
7. Best Man
8. Three Streets And A Village Green
9. Now She's Gone
10. Cruel Brunette
11. Status Update
12. Scumbag City                                                

"Get Into It" is a chunky big, industrial, grinding rock number. "I Need To Be Your Only" is very Deep Purple-ish in its big, pounding driving beat. The studenty "A Good Night's Sleep And A Cab Fare Home" is where the Oasis thing first comes in, especially on the big, crashing chorus. "Eighty-Four" is one that is more of their own type of song, muscular, solid rock. "Queen Of The Half Crown" has a searing sort of Joe Bonamasssa-style bluesy rock guitar intro and a great solo in the middle. It is another one with a bit of the group's own personality on it.

"(I Wanna Be Your) Everyday" is so Oasis, it could almost be them, I'm afraid. "Best Man" is a lively, punky romp. "Three Streets And A Village Green" is a sort of Oasis meets new wave and plays a bit of heavy rock. "Now She's Gone" has a quirky, bassy rhythm but the same bombastic chorus shared. by many of the tracks. The music on the follow-up album was far more subtle than what was on offer here.

"Cruel Brunette" follows the same patch, although it has some late seventies influences and a touch of Stiff Little Fingers' early eighties material about it. "Status Update" has an appealing drum sound to it plus some bluesy harmonica. "Scumbag City" is an odd-ish track, with some echoes of The Doors in places.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album, but its lack of subtlety and full-on blast means that by the time its twelve tracks are done, I am fine with that.


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