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The Strikes may refer to one of two bands. The first is a band based in Holland, the second is based in Wellington, New Zealand.

1. Now here's a young blues band that rocks! This is blues the hard way. Like the infamous Red Devils and their heirs Thirteen in the early 90s did, this is blues you can fight to. Imagine the sound of breaking glass and knives landing on the table. Softies should attach the parental advisory stickers to their ears.

Every picture tells its story. Right? Well, singer Big Pete fully lives up to his name. You better hide in an alley if you dont want to be blown out off your boots by his harmonica. Wearing his Ramones T-shirt, guitarist Jimmy Stringbreaker, looks like a carefree punk rocker. Casually smoking his fag, bassist Spools is a dude with a don't mess with me cool. If you don't want a bruisin' while you're cruisin', then stand clear of drummer Jody the hitter.

Is it possible to condense so much attitude and stage presence on an album? Oh, hell yes, it is. Listen to their debut CD Bathroom Acoustics, which will hit you like a bloody hot shower. Put a stereo in your bathroom at home and drown yourself in the blues. The Strikes? Not just a band from Holland. The Strikes: this is it.

Big Pete: vocals, harp
Jimmy Stringbreaker(sjors nederlof): guitar
Spools: bass, vocals
Jody the Hitter: drums

2. The Strikes are a punk/garage band based in Wellington, who have recently released Out of Luck, their debut studio recording. They originally formed in 2005, and have been playing with the current line up since 2007.

The Strikes have been playing gigs since 2007 and list among their influences Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers, The D4, The Stooges, Richard Hell and The Voidoids, The Clash, The Dead Boys, The Black Keys, The Kinks, Velvet Underground, The Hives, and Elemeno P.

Lafcadio G. Zuccarello - Vocals/guitar
Gabor P. Hellyer - Guitar/vocals
Alex Blake - Bass
Cameron Dowling - Drums

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