Sunday night all three levels of Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD were jam-packed with the sold-out crowd that came out to jam with The Struts. It is no surprise this band has such a draw since before their first album was released the U.K.-bred four-piece was tapped to open for The Rolling Stones and was hand-picked by Mötley Crüe to as support for their four final performances. They have quickly moved up to bigger venues such as Rams Head Live to accommodate their growing fan base. The masterful riffs and powerful melodies of their full-length debut album Everybody Wants as well as their incredible stage presence has proved to be immensely successful. The Struts are most definitely a must-see band. Here are five reasons why.
1. Luke Spiller
Lead singer Luke Spiller is a front man extraordinaire. The masterful way he commands a crowd appears so simple and yet is so extremely effective. Some have compared him to a young Mick Jagger, others have expressed how he would have been brilliant as Freddie Mercury in the Queen movie "Bohemian Rhapsody." Luke certainly has the style and vocal chops to play Freddie but what cinches the deal is his phenomenal stage presence. His exuberant energy fills venues to their rafters as he catches everyone up in his jubilation.
2. The music
The Struts are known for their ability to create fun, happy rock songs with huge choruses. “Could Have Been Me” was the band’s first song to take off and shot to the top 5 on Modern Rock radio charts. The exhilaratingly gritty “Kiss This” is a breakup song with the message of standing up for yourself and has a Rod Stewart “Young Hearts Run Free” vibe with a rock mentality according to Spiller. “One Night Only” is an infectious arena stomping anthem that always receives full audience sing-a-longs.
3. The live show
Dynamic live performances are what The Struts are all about. The energy they create from the stage is palpable and will fill a person with tingles of delight. In addition to their phenomenal stage performance, The Struts interaction with fans during performances demonstrates how deeply the guys truly care about the people who support them. During the Baltimore show, Luke brought two young fans up on stage to join him in the band’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark.” Not yet in high school, the children have been to more than half a dozen Struts shows and Sunday night they were given a memory to last a lifetime.
4. The band
Luke is amazing, but it is the combination of his lead vocals along with guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies that make The Struts so supreme. With tongue-in-cheek humor and the strutting swagger of classic glam rock, their personalities are as contagious as the vibrant music. Spiller says, “The main mission of the band is to bring back that feeling of fun and rock & roll, especially to all those people who are bored by what’s going on these days. We really believe that music, when it’s done right, can help you escape the present moment, and then just send you somewhere else entirely.”
5. Consistent raves
AXS spoke with The Struts fans at Rams Head Live to ask them what about the band keeps bringing them out show after show. Here are a few of the replies. “This is my sixth time seeing The Struts, they never disappoint. The energy of this group is fantastic. I can’t get enough!” “I have never seen a concert that packed. I have never seen a frontman like Luke Spiller, he was an experience and a half!” “There is just something special about this band. Felt like I was privileged to watch something great, like catching a legendary band before they became a legend.”