Electrifying rock foursome The Strypes have just kicked off their highly anticipated North American tour in support of their latest record release Spitting Image. Ahead of my in-person interview with the boys when they perform at The Mod Club in Toronto on March 31st, the band’s very own bass guitarist Pete O’Hanlon spoke with AMBY to discuss his five favouite gigs of all time. Get acquainted with The Strypes’ great tunes and taste in music below before catching them live. Check out The Strypes’ upcoming tour dates here.
1. The Undertones – Button Factory, Dublin June 2015
Despite hearing almost all of the Undertones’ first album at this show (which would be enough to get it into my list of top gigs by default) what really made it for me was that Damian O Neill, knowing that we were in attendance, dedicated ‘Teenage Kicks’ to us. ‘Teenage Kicks’ was one of the first songs we ever played (I won’t mention the others) and has been the first song for arguably every young band since 1978. John Peel said it was the most perfect song ever recorded and he’s not wrong. So to have it dedicated to us, by the band themselves, made our whole year.
2. Flamin’ Groovies – Whelans, Dublin March 2016
Getting to hear ‘Shake Some Action’ live was worth the cost of a ticket alone but they also did an amazing version of ‘Tallahassee Lassie’ and the Randy Newman song ‘Have You Seen My Baby’. The album ‘Teenage Head’ is well worth a listen.
3. Belle And Sebastian – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin July 2017
Myself and Ross (singer) had only recently got into Belle And Sebastianwhen we found out they were playing in Dublin. ‘The Blues Are Still Blue’ was the gateway song that got us mad into them, up until that point I only knew them as ‘the band that are mentioned loads in High Fidelity’. ‘The Life Pursuit’ was the album that we knew the best at the time and they did a lot from it, ‘Act Of The Apostle’, ‘Another Sunny Day’, ‘Sukie In The Graveyard’ and ‘Dress Up In You’, they even did some off ‘Tigermilk’ which was great to hear. Id never heard a band play so quiet and still have over 3000 people going ballistic. At the end, Stuart Murdoch started beckoning audience members up on the stage to join them and I had my leg over the barrier ready to get up but was given the dreaded ‘don’t do it’ headshake by a security guard…….still……..great gig…….
4. Ash – Electric Picnic, Ireland 2017
We played just before Ash at Electric Picnic in this tiny tent called the Electric Sideshow last year and stayed on to watch their set at midnight. Far and awayone of the loudest gigs I’ve ever been to and the moshing that kicked off once they started ‘Girl From Mars’ actually broke my camera, photographic evidence wouldn’t have done it justice anyway. Tim Wheeler owes me a roll of film.
5. The Lemon Twigs – The Forum, London, November 2017
We’d just landed in London from a long tour of Japan and while Ross and Josh flew on home myself and Ev stayed an extra day in London just to go see the Lemon Twigs that night in the Forum. Heavily jet lagged, we dragged ourselves along and watched a brilliant show, we’d been fans for a while and had seen them at a few festivals over the summer but to finally see a full show was fantastic. High kicks and low guitars, all you need.
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