Deep within the heart of the Boston cityscape is a nightclub turned concert venue with some of the most beautiful architecture you could find. Beneath it’s fancy marble interiors and looming chandeliers are fans piling in across the floor and balcony ready for British rockers The Struts.
The four piece have barely seen their own home as of late, touring more relentlessly across the states proving that it isn’t totally impossible to break out across the pond. In a year they have seen more of the states than some bands see in a decade and even bagged themselves one of the biggest opening slots to glam metal legends Motley Crue at the beginning of the year in LA. Now The Struts are out on their own tour, supporting their US re-release of their album Everybody Wants which hit the shelves earlier this year.
However, before they take to the stage, Los Angeles rock quartet Dorothy open the show. Their sound throws way back to the 80’s and front woman Dorothy Martin is a vocal powerhouse, belting out with a raw and raspy tone. What is important to know about seeing Dorothy live is that they sound a lot different than they do on an album, they sound better and watching them you tend to forget that they are simply just an opener as they hold the charisma and talent of a headline act. You’ll also be surprised to know a few of their songs, for example ‘Wicked Ones’ which has been used in a commercial for the show Pretty Little Liars. Though their sound is mostly ladened with classic rock, the modern twist to it they offer makes them very likable and one to watch.
The Struts eventually jump to the stage with all the glitz and flare of the great glam bands of the 70’s and 80’s. Vocalist Luke Spiller is even donned in a sequined number, paired with leather pants. Spiller is a showman, their live show isn’t simply about the live music but the interaction and stage presence that they can project. “Are you ready for some rock and roll?” vocalist Spiller asks at the end of their opening number, the rolling of his r’s is very reminiscent of a Russel Brand in Rock Of Ages and he does portray a similar look too. Their set is made up of those more well known tracks, songs released via their YouTube woven seamlessly between other songs on the album meaning nobody is ever too far away from a song they know well and it’s an upside to their set for sure.
There is however one downside, at The Struts shows we’re so very used to Spiller engaging with the crowd by getting right in the fold of it. Middle of the room and all but at this show, he sticks to the stage. The ‘Luke Says’ game of making people cheer and quieten down doesn’t seem to have the same effect when he’s not standing amongst those he’s ordering to play. It does drag on a little too long also, one of those moments that is incredibly fun for a few moments but then falls into tedious very quickly afterward which is a shame considering how great the rest of the set is.
Musically, with songs giving a nostalgic throwback to the classic rock of the 80’s, they are stellar and it’s clear that the whole band is incredibly loyal to the US for all the support they have given as it’s still a hugely appreciated genre here. We can only hope, as the band promise the release of a new album very soon, that they’ll find their way back to UK shores for us to show our appreciation too.