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Irish four-piece hit out at 'X Factor' mogul

The Strypes accuse Simon Cowell of 'destroying music' and 'manipulating young minds'

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The Strypes have accused Simon Cowell of "destroying music" and "manipulating naïve young minds".

The Irish four-piece were talking to the Evening Standard when they criticised X Factor mogul Cowell for dominating the charts with "unintelligent music".

"It's annoying that he has the power to make artfully unintelligent music huge, and tell everyone that is what you should listen to," said bassist Pete O'Hanlon. "Destroying music isn't funny, okay?"

His bandmate, drummer Evan Walsh, added: "He's just a wanker. It's the manipulation of naïve young minds as well."

The Strypes played an NME Awards show, with Austin Texas last week (February 13) in London. The band played tracks from their new mini-album '4 Track Mind', which was released earlier this month, as well as covers of The Specials and the Ramones and songs from their 2013 debut lP 'Snapshot'.

Click below to watch a video interview in which the band discuss the making of 'Snapshot', overcoming cynicism and working with Elton John.

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