The Strypes have indeed been busy, following the announcement of their brand new album ‘Spitting Image’ they thrust lead single ‘Behind Closed Doors’ into our lives, complete with a pretty colourful music video (watch below), the track is full of indie stylings, lots of energy and pop sensibilities that will have leave you wanting more. We’re pretty excited about the upcoming album, so we had to have a chat with them about just what inspires the music that they create.


Squeeze – Pulling Mussels From A Shell

“A glorious piece of new wave from a seminal English band, this track comes from Squeeze’s third album ‘Argybargy’. It’s fair to say the entire album has had a big influence on us but this track pretty perfectly distils all the essential elements, Chris Gifford’s razor sharp yet romantically evocative lyrics set to the genius interplay of Glenn Tilbrook’s guitar lines and Jools Holland’s keys definitely made a mark on us, tracks like ‘(I Need A Break From) Holidays’ off the new album are very Squeeze in their intent.”


The Blades – Downmarket

“A criminally overlooked Irish band from the 80s, The Blades boasted some brilliant songwriting ideas from their frontman Paul Cleary, this pathos-filled slice of Dublin drama is a testament to that.”


Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Green Shirt

“Elvis has alway been a massive influence on our writing, both lyrically and musically. We’ve always been a fan of the anger in his word and their almost sarcastic delivery. This was a big influence over ‘Consequence’ and ‘Easy Riding’, and we definitely channelled the Attractions ‘This Year’s Model’/’Armed Forces’ era while recording.”


The Flamin’ Groovies – Shake Some Action

“Stunning guitar sound, stunning riff and a stunning feel, this track was a key influence on new tracks such as ‘Grin & Bear It’, the driving, pumping rhythm coupled with the plaintive cry of the vocals (not to mention the killer solos) makes this a perfect touchstone for garagey power pop.”


The Boomtown Rats – Joey’s On The Street Again

“The Rats have been a massive influence on the band for quite a while now, they’re a remarkable band with songs that mix sobering down-to-earth grit with a unique sense of wild-eyed eccentricity. This track comes from their first album, a great street anthem, powerful and evocative of young people faced with an impossible future on the wrong side of the tracks. Tracks like ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Behind Closed Doors’ definitely feel its influence.”


Captain Beefheart – Diddy Wah Diddy

“Originally by Bo Diddley, this was actually the good captain’s debut single and while it’s not near as experimental his later work it’s an incredibly exciting piece dark, dirty garage blues, the lumbering riff and harmonica contributed greatly to inspiration for ‘Garden Of Eden’.”


Graham Parker & The Rumour – That’s What They All Say

“A massively underrated songwriter from the new wave era Graham Parker style as a whole was a big influence on tracks like ‘Get It Over Quickly'”


The La’s – Son Of A Gun

“The La’s record was a big influence over the guitar parts on the new album. It had a large hand in songs like ‘Black Shades Over Red Eyes’ and ‘Easy Riding'”


Jeff Buckley – Just Like A Woman (Live)

“Buckley’s take on this Bob Dylan classic inspired the music for ‘Mama Give Me Order’. Live At Sin É is such a raw album and his delivery throughout the show is really ballsy.”


Graham Coxon – Don’t Let Your Man Know

“Graham Coxon’s solo album ‘Love Travels At Illegal Speeds’ had a big influence on our writing as a whole. This track comes from that album and showcases the tense, punky chugging that inspired tracks such as ‘Turnin’ My Back’ and ‘A Different Kind Of Tension'”


Thin Lizzy – Cowboy Song

“Phil Lynott’s vocal delivery is something we’ve always admired, his ability to tell a story so well. The music and meter of ‘Great Expectations’ is heavily Lizzy influenced, and this track is just one where Lynott influenced Josh to write a narrative.”


The Who – Magic Bus

“The Who had a massive influence on us when we started out and we still turn to them for inspiration, this track shows them at their most Bo Diddley influenced, and its influence over ‘Oh Cruel World’ is very evident, as well as being a classic single.”


Elvis Costello & The Attractions – The Beat

“Another brilliant early Costello track, the stingy Vox organ and the rapid-fire melody had a definite influence on tracks like ‘Holidays’.”


The Only Ones – Another Girl Another Planet

“A punk/new wave/power pop classic with brilliant memorable guitar lines and killer hooks, this was a big influence on tracks such as ‘Turnin’ My Back'”

Kicking off in Edinburgh on the 1st, the band will play a series of headline shows before they reach London’s Dingwalls on the 13th. Dotted between are a series of festival dates, including the Isle Of Wight on the 11th June. They have also announced this week that they will support The Killers at Hyde Park for British Summer Time on July 8th.  See full dates below.

The Strypes live: 

01/06 The Caves, Edinburgh
02/06 Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
03/06 The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
04/06 Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham
06/06 The Bullingdon, Oxford
07/06 Academy 2, Leicester
09/06 Arts Club, Liverpool
11/06 Isle Of Wight Festival, Newport
13/06 Dingwalls, London
14/06 The Globe, Cardiff
29/06 LiVe Venue @ Preston Guild Hall, Preston
30/06 Plug, Sheffield
01/07 Seaton Rocks, Hartlepool
06/07 The Assembly, Leamington Spa
07/07 The Waterfront, Norwich
08/07 British Summer Time @ Hyde Park w/ The Killers
09/07 TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow