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Strypes: Don't judge us by our age

The Strypes have said that people shouldn't dismiss them as a novelty, based on their youth.

The Irish group's eldest member is guitarist Josh McClorey, who's just turned 17, with singer Ross Farrelly, bassist Pete O'Hanlon and drummer Evan Walsh all 16.

Josh said: "There's a lot of cynicism, and people saying that we can't be real because we're young, but I just say, 'Give it a chance'."

They're headed for success, with their debut album Snapshot entering the chart in fifth spot.

Evan continued: "The age thing, it's more abnormal now than it was a few decades ago. Lots of punk bands were in their late teens, proper angry young men," as Pete added: "And we're not much younger than Jake Bugg or Palma Violets."

The band, who made their debut performance at a school Christmas concert, have already got some celebrity fans in Paul Weller, Sir Elton John and Arctic Monkeys, who asked them to support them on their upcoming tour.

"It's just incredible that we're going to support them in October. We're just four friends from school who love the same music and wanted to be in a band," Josh said.

"We really admire what they do, they've never been pushed in any direction by anyone, and they've been one of the biggest guitar bands in the world for a long time. If that's not something to aspire to, what is?"

:: The Strypes will support the Arctic Monkeys during their UK dates, which begin at Newcastle Arena on October 22 until November 2.

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