Cavan’s teenage four-piece band, The Strypes, have been given an early Christmas present – they have signed a record deal with Mercury Records UK.

The deal with the label has been months in the making after several other record companies showed a keen interest in the youngsters.

The Strypes said on their Facebook page this morning that they were delighted with the worldwide recording contract. The deal went down in true rock ‘n’ roll fashion: “We penned the deal last Friday in the Clarence Hotel, Dublin,” they said.

Their EP, Young, Gifted and Blue, was released in April of this year and has gained the band a lot of attention at home and abroad.

Paul Weller, Glen Hansard and Jeff Beck are among the band’s famous fans who admire their Rolling Stones, Beatles and Led Zeppelin-influenced sound.  Mojo magazine and even the increasingly-cynical NME have praised The Strypes.

The band – consisting of Ross Farrelly, Josh McClorey, Pete O’Hanlon and Evan Walsh – has enjoyed an incredible year. Their latest single, ‘Blue Collar Jane’, made it to number one on the iTunes Blues Chart.

The Strypes will play in Whelan’s, Dublin on December 18 and at a New Year’s party in INEC, Killarney.