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Stripped celebrate 20 years of music

Claire Tennyson

Reporter:

Claire Tennyson

FOUR local musicians are celebrating 20 years of music together after playing in bands The Norwegians and Stripped.

Daryl Ball, Aaron Blair, Ryan Ball and Alwyn Evans make up the band Stripped which formed in 1997 as a spin off from The Norwegians.

Stripped first showcased their sound on the four song EP '4 Walls' released in 1998.

This achieved a top 10 placing in the Northern Irish charts.

4 Walls was quickly followed by another track included on the first BURBs compilation CD release.

The success of this led to a one off live showcase.

Stripped's live shows also built up a reputation as an exciting live act and earned them a bigger following which ensured that their next release the four song 'The Girl With Cartoon Eyes EP' was another success with great reviews and initial run sold out in just under one month.

Reminiscing about their time together, Daryl Ball, said he has thoroughly enjoyed his years of being in the band and looks forward to the future.

Following their success the band received good airplay in several countries worldwide as well as being popular on several internet and college radio stations.

In 2000 the band came to the attention of John O'Neill from The Undertones who invited them to be featured on the Energy Fields CD.

Further releases were to follow on several popular compilation albums including 'The Blue and The Gray' a US released compilation CD, 'Audio Blast 1', 'Suspend Your Disbelief' (compilation released in Italy) and three more BURBs compilations.

In March that year they featured on a new charity compilation CD 'Unsigned Bands Unite' with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.

In recent years the band have also been involved in separate projects however in April 2012 they released 'Out Of My Head' an online best of compilation of their earlier work.

September 2012 saw the start of recording of new original material from Stripped as well playing summer music festivals slot in 2013.

In 2014 they released 'My Fear Of Heights', a new EP available both as digital download and limited edition CD.

The band continue to write and record with occasional live performances.

In 2017 'Welcome To The Carnival' was released, a CD spanning their 20 years of recording along with three great new studio recordings.

With streaming sites now on the increase Stripped continue to reach a whole new audience via sites like Spotify, iTunes and Deezer.

A new album is planned for release in 2019.

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