The Strays



The Strays are a raucous Garage Rock n Roll band, hailing from Cheltenham. With their eclectic influences, The Strays produce vibrant, high energy music, with a nod to vintage style and rock and roll, topped with a modern gritty vibe. Evolving from an acoustic duo, Verbalist Stel and Guitarist Sam met drummer Gaz in March 2016, when the trio found influence from the likes of Imelda May, Caro Emerald, Chuck Berry, and Johnny Cash. Finding joy in the spirit and upbeat nature of rock n roll and rockabilly, the band immersed themselves in the scene, discovering artists old and new. They began to write their own material using ideas and riffs from the vintage era, but mixing with their own contemporary musical tastes, to create something that drifted from, and challenged the rockabilly template as it developed. They have been working to a tireless gigging schedule (in excess of 100 gigs in 2017) to spread their music far and wide, sharing festival lineups with Dr Feelgood and the Lambrettas, as well as supporting The Redhot Trio and The Daniel Wakeford Experience. In April 2017 they worked with acclaimed producer George Shilling to release their debut EP "Wham, Bam, Thank you Ma'am" across iTunes/Amazon/Spotify, and also released their first official video to their track "Alright", produced by Urubu designs. In November 2017 they received endorsement from Vocalzone, and appeared in the December issue of UK Rock n Roll Magazine. In October 2017 the trio became a 4 piece when Krisz joined to add pulsing bass lines into the mix. Recording of the next EP is scheduled for January 2018. Energy and fun is the driving factor and this is apparent in their performance style, which is larger than life, interactive, and deliciously unpredictable.