Formed by four friends in Cavan, Ireland inspired by artists such as Dr. Feelgood, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and the early Rolling Stones, The Strypes have been gigging around the pubs, clubs and festivals of Ireland, England and Europe since June 2011 playing a no nonsense set of "speed blues", mixing reworkings of rhythm and blues classics with their originals. In April 2012 they released a 4-track EP, "Young, Gifted & Blue" which hit no. 1 on the iTunes Blues Chart and ignited the interest of record companies. The band also scored a minor radio hit in Ireland with their version of Bo Diddley's "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover". Elton John, Jeff Beck, Paul Weller and Dave Grohl are all known fans of the band.