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 ...
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