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"Jeremias is described as a progressive rock opera for 21st century. If this description makes a sour smile on your face, make sure to remove it immediately, because this album brings badly needed excitement and inventiveness on a dull progressive metal scene, while not risking anything. This is a bombastic, symphonic straight hitter that doesn’t suffer of any pre-configurations. Its joker is that you actually didn’t expect it and when it hits you once, it already wins all over you."

"Taris Brown himself plays the eponymous Jeremy, the female roles were given to Cara Cole (as the mysterious Jelena) and Elga Shafran (as Jeremy’s wife Sarah). The result is a progressive rock opera for the 21st Century where the lines between genres are blurred: In Jeremias, epic orchestral melodies and powerful guitar riffs alternate with playful keyboard lines, progressive rhythms, time signature changes, virtuosic solos and funky/jazzy grooves. Classical music and metal, progressive rock, funk, fusion and Hollywood-style film music – the album brings together vastly differing styles effortlessly."

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There is hope for our youth. When I hear youngins choosing to continue to do music like this, it brings a warm feeling to my heart. 

They have the punch and energy of early Beatles, Who and Stones. And, like those groups, an appreciation for early American rock and blues, as evidenced by the covers on this power-packed debut. Don’t miss this one, folks. 

Bio: Upon their arrival, the Strypes attracted as much attention for their members’ ages (between 16 and 17) as they did for their influences (Dr. Feelgood, Rockpile, Howlin’ Wolf, and the Yardbirds, among others). The Cavan, Ireland group began in 2008, when Evan Walsh, Pete O’Hanlon, and Josh McClorey began jamming at Walsh’s house after being inspired by their parents’ music collections. With Walsh on drums, O’Hanlon singing, and McClorey on guitar, an early version of the Strypes — whose name was inspired by the creatively misspelled monikers of ’60s bands such as the Byrds — also featured bassist Jack Hayden and guitarist Conor Bates. 

This lineup made its debut at Farnham National School and played gigs around the area for a few months until Hayden and Bates departed. O’Hanlon switched to bass and the Strypes continued as an instrumental trio until they discovered vocalist/harmonica player Ross Farrelly opening for one of their shows. With its lineup complete, the band honed its own songs as well as covers in concert for a few years, then self-released Young, Gifted and Blue, a four-song EP of covers, in April 2012. Supported by a video shot by a former babysitter for their version of Bo Diddley’s “You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover,” the EP reached the top of iTunes’ Blues Chart the day after release. 

The Strypes’ independent success sparked attention from labels, and after joining Elton John’s Rocket Music management company, they signed to Mercury Records late in 2012. Around this time, the band’s gigs in the U.K. earned them other big-name fans, including Noel Gallagher, Jeff Beck, Paul Weller, Dave Grohl, and Roger Daltrey. March 2013 saw the release of their first single for Mercury, “Blue Collar Jane,” and that June the Strypes supported the Arctic Monkeys on that band’s tour through the U.K. and Germany. The “What a Shame” single followed in July, with the band’s first full-length, Snapshot (which they worked on with Beatles and Sex Pistols producer Chris Thomas), arriving in September. ~ Heather Phares

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