The Struts are pretty unique in that, despite hailing from Derby right here in the UK, they don’t have as much of a following in Britain than they do in the US. Through the combination of consistent radio play on America’s national alt stations and their signing to Interscope Records/Polydor, the band spend most of their time Stateside — especially now that they have relocated to Los Angeles, CA. On a rainy Thursday night, however, the quartet proved that they have not forgotten about their small but adoring UK fanbase as they took to the stage at 100 Club, right in the heart of West London.
The band are plugging their 2014 release, Everybody Wants, and are planning to re-release it next year in North America with a new take on their material and a few bonus tracks. They’re clearly fit for playing stadiums across the world with their epic tracks and theatrical stage presence, but the stage they played that evening was considerably smaller. No barriers in sight, The Struts got up close and personal with their fans and vice versa from the very moment they descended with their kick off track, ‘Roll Up’ which also happens to be the first track of their album. As an 18+ gig, everyone seemed to have a pint of something in their hand and it only seemed to help them loosen up as they were treated to the very rare and incredible performance.
‘Could’ve Been Me’ and ‘Kiss This’ are both singles that have had a massive reaction from fans regardless of their location, so naturally they had the crowd going crazy when they were played live too. Lead singer Luke Spiller has a rather Freddie Mercury by way of Mick Jagger quality to him and it particularly shows in his performances thanks to his killer vocals and the glitter that happened to be smeared across his face. The sheer talent than oozed from the rest of the band was also something that you could hardly scoff at — they all work together symbiotically to produce a sound that is really not like any other in this day and age.
You’d think that some of the lesser known album tracks would’ve had a few strays popping along to the toilet or bar, but the heaving crowd of this sold out show were certainly not showing any signs of letting up. The fans ate it all up as The Struts pumped out the likes of ‘She Makes Me Feel’ and ‘Dirty Sexy Money’, relishing in the fact that this is a band that’s particularly hard to come by if you find yourself in the Land of Hope and Glory.
The set was sadly a little short due thanks to the quartet only having one album, but truly that was their only flaw. From Spiller’s fabulous costume changes to their clear determination, there is nothing that this band cannot conquer if they put their minds to it. Let’s hope their home country is the next to break!