The Struts finished their yearlong tour with a sold out show at Warsaw in Brooklyn Saturday night. After energetic introductions by Cemetery Sun and Holy White Hounds, the room went dark. Siren-like lights circled the room and Addo Slack (guitar and vocals), Jed Elliott (bass and vocals), and Gethin Davies (drums) took the stage. Then came frontman, Luke Spiller, rocking a black blazer with gold epaulettes. It was the last show of the tour. And it was all sweat, sex and lost inhibitions.
The glam-rock band from Derby has played with Mötley Crüe and The Rolling Stones and is quickly solidifying its name as true rockers. When you watch them, they play with an urgency that echoes how lost they are in the moment. When Spiller screams, “are you ready baby? Cause I’m ready” he’s actually directing the question to the audience. And as prepared as the watchers thought they were, they really were not ready for the show.
Spiller tore across the stage in a reckless parade, commanding the attention of the crowd. Elliott stood on speakers and played in a deep bassist squat. The third song “Could Have Been Me” hit the audience hard and pulled them into the show. By the time “Kiss This” was performed the crowd was shouting the lyrics like the song was their break-up, power-ballad. Yes, there is a lot of glitz surrounding their anthemic tracks and howling vocals, but The Struts carry a gritty aesthetic. More than anything, this band lives to perform and each performance is electric.
The Struts released their first album Everybody Wants on Virgin EMI. They are currently working on their second album and will be back in Camden, New Jersey for MMR*B*Q Festival in May 2017.
Photos: Dana Distortion
Article: Alx Bear