Four-piece guitar band The Strypes have signed to Mercury UK for the world following a heated label battle for their signature.
Music Week understands that all of the major labels were interested in reaching a deal with the group, who hail from Cavan, Ireland.
With every band members aged between 14 and 16, the teenagers' sound is clearly modelled around the clean R&B stylings of early Beatles and Stones material.
The BBC didn't put the group on their Sound Of 2013 longlist this week. We shall see if that was a wee oversight.
In a statement, The Strypes said today: "We are absolutely delighted to announce that after several months of negotiations, we have signed a worldwide record deal with Mercury Records, UK, part of Universal Music group."
In the picture [L to R] below are the band's lawyer Kieran Jay, Oswin Brunner (Mercury Lawyer), The Strypes and Mark Crossingham of Universal Music, Ireland.