On The Strypes’ sophomore album, Little Victories, Cavan, Ireland’s young rock ‘n’ blues revivalists’ exuberant joie de vivre continues apace. Building on the old-school Bo Diddley, The Yardbirds, and Dr. Feelgood blues-wailin’ influences of Snapshot, the lads also crib from The Jam, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys. The riff-tastic “I Need to Be Your Only” is an earworm that will stick with you for days, while the hooky “A Good Night’s Sleep and a Cab Fare Home” finds passionate vocalist Ross Farrelly bringing the northern soul as he sings, “I’ve got nothing but a keen eye for ya and a need to sin.” “Scumbag City” is the raucous foot-stomper that showcases guitarist Josh McClorey as the heir apparent to the late great Rory Gallagher. Rock out, and carry on, boys!


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