A four-piece R&B band formed in 2008, The Strypes originated in Cavan, Ireland. The boys, who met in school, were only eleven or twelve years old at the time they formed the band. This incredible quartet's sound varies from harmonica-laden blues to gritty rock 'n' roll, and their quick beats and catchy rhythm led them to get signed to Mercury Records. In 2012, the band released its first EP, Young Gifted & Blue, a compilation of four blues covers that the boys prepared and promoted themselves. Despite the band's informality, the EP held the number one spot of the iTunes Blues Chart the day following its release, a position that it held for six weeks. Currently, the band is working on its first full album with the help of The Beatles' former record producer, Chris Thomas.