The Struts

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The Struts
2016 RiP The Struts - by 2eight - DSC9042.jpg
The Struts performing at Rock im Park in 2016.
Background information
Origin Derby, Derbyshire, England
Genres
Years active 2009–present
Labels
Website thestruts.com
Members
  • Luke Spiller
  • Adam Slack
  • Jed Elliott
  • Gethin Davies
Past members
  • Jamie Binns
  • Rafe Thomas

The Struts are an English rock band from Derby, Derbyshire, England. The band consists of vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies. Formed in 2009, the original lineup was composed of Spiller, Slack, bassist Jamie Binns and drummer Rafe Thomas.

The band's influences include Queen, The Darkness, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, The Killers, The Smiths, Oasis, The Libertines, The Strokes, and My Chemical Romance. The Struts have been described as "unabashedly over the top retro-fetishist classic rock" and "glamorous and dangerous".[1][2][3][4]

History[edit]

Formation and early years[edit]

Luke Spiller performing in 2012

Singer-songwriter Luke Spiller was raised in Bristol in a Christian family. His exposure to music was mainly limited to gospel music, until the age of seven, when he discovered Michael Jackson's Off the Wall. Inspired by Jackson, his first aspirations were to be a contemporary dancer, but by the age of 11, he was listening to Led Zeppelin, Queen, AC/DC, and Leonard Cohen, and in addition to pretending to be Jackson in front of a mirror, he was imitating Bon Scott and Freddie Mercury. He began playing in bands as a teenager, only starting to sing at age 16.[2][5][6][7][8]

In 2009, Spiller, then living in Clevedon, met Derby-based guitarist/songwriter Adam Slack, who had also been playing with bands since his teens. At the time, each of their bands were "coming apart," and Slack and Spiller quickly connected musically. Spiller moved to Derby, where he and Slack lived, wrote, and recorded together for nearly three years. They recruited mutual friends Jamie Binns and Rafe Thomas to play bass and drums. In 2012, Binns and Thomas were replaced with bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies.[9][10]

Co-founders Adam Slack (left) and Luke Spiller (right) performing at Rock im Park 2016

The band chose the name The Struts based on an offhand comment made at a rehearsal. Spiller said in a 2015 interview, "I was just moving around and somebody was like, 'you strut around a lot.' From then on, we knew we had a great name. We couldn't believe it hadn't been taken."[2][6][7][8]

The band played frequently throughout the UK. They soon developed a following, and released their first single "I Just Know" in June 2012. Signed by Future Records, they were transferred to Virgin EMI after Future's demise and subsequently put out a four-track EP titled Kiss This.

The Struts toured extensively in England and France, and in 2014 performed for 80,000 people as the opener for The Rolling Stones in Paris. That summer, they did a 24-date tour, which included a gig at the Isle of Wight Festival. Spiller wore clothing designed for him by Zandra Rhodes, who formerly dressed Freddie Mercury. The production of Rhodes' clothing for Spiller was later featured on the BBC documentary Oh You Pretty Things: The Story of Music and Fashion.[11][12]

As The Struts reputation as a live band grew, their audience increased, and their shows were frequently sold-out. Spiller's talent as a frontman was often noted by the press and reviews described him as "a force of nature" and as a "physical, mesmerising entertainer... vocally strong, expressive and blessed with excellent range". Spiller's looks and stage presence led Roger Goodgroves of Get To The Front to describe him as "the musical love child of Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger".[5]

Mike Oldfield recruited Spiller to sing on his 2014 album Man on the Rocks. "He did a much better job of sounding like a rock star than me," Oldfield said.[13][14][15]

The Struts first television performance was on Vintage TV's 'Live Sessions,' where they appeared alongside established acts including Toyah, Nik Kershaw and Judie Tzuke. The show was recorded in January 2014 at the Bedford in Balham and aired on 20 March.[16] The band played two tracks, 'Kiss This' and 'Could Have Been Me'.[17]

Everybody Wants (2014–2017)[edit]

Jed Elliott at Rock im Park 2016

Everybody Wants, their debut studio album, released in July 2014 in the UK. It charted in the UK and received positive reviews.[12][18] In early 2015, The Struts signed to Interscope Records/Polydor and in August of that year they released the EP Have You Heard, their first U.S. release. They began a tour of the States in support of the record in September. 20 dates were sold out, including the band's Los Angeles debut at The Troubador, which sold out in 30 minutes. "Could Have Been Me", the lead single, hit No. 1 on the Spotify Viral Top 50, No. 4 on the iTunes rock singles chart, and in the Top 5 on the U.S. alternative and active rock charts, and was also the official theme song of the WWE's NXT brand's 2015 pay-per-view NXT Takeover: London. The video for the track, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, had more than 1.5 million views within two months of its Vevo debut.[4]

The Struts relocated to Los Angeles in early 2015. Their first television appearance in America was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in August 2015, and in September they were named "Band on the Verge" by USA Today. In December 2015 they performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers.[9][19][20]

In January 2016, it was announced that The Struts would release a reissue of Everybody Wants on 4 March on Freesolo/Interscope Records/Universal Music Canada with five songs not included on the original UK release.[21][22]

On 9 August 2016, they opened for the band Guns N' Roses for their Not In This Lifetime... tour at AT&T Park in San Francisco, where they debuted their new single "Put Your Hands Up."[23]

On 3 March 2017 the band released "Live And Unplugged" a 5 song acoustic EP that includes a cover of "Hotline Bling"

In July 2017, they opened for the band The Who in Quebec City, playing for over 80 000 people, their biggest crowd to date.

On 23 September 2017 The Struts opened for The Rolling Stones during the #nofilter tour in Lucca, Italy.

On 12 October 2017 The Struts opened for the Foo Fighters at the Washington DC opening of The Anthem as part of the North American leg of the Foo Fighters' Concrete and Gold Tour.[24]

Young & Dangerous, touring With Foo Fighters and Body Talks Tour (2018)[edit]

Gethin Davies at Rock im Park 2016

In June 2018, the band announced that they finished recording their second album, and it was in the final mixing stages. Luke Spiller said, "I think everyone's really going to enjoy it. We were very much aware that even though the band has lived with the first album and the songs that come with it for quite a while, for everyone else, it's relatively fresh. So I felt like it was really important to make this second album somewhat depart from the first one. Not a departure musically, I didn't want to go completely left. I think it's important to give people more of what they fall in love with."[25] After wrapping up their tour with Foo Fighters, The Struts will be headlining the Body Talks tour, with bands Spirit Animal and White Reaper.[26] The band also collaborated with American singer and songwriter Kesha for the remix of their single "Body Talks".[27][28] The Struts announced that they will release their second album Young & Dangerous on October 26th, 2018, and released a new single, "Bulletproof Baby."[29]

Personal lives[edit]

The Struts' bassist Jed Elliot has been dating Little Mix member Jade Thirlwall since January 2016.[30] According to Jed, they met in August 2015 after their mutual friend Jake Roche, from the band Rixton, who was at the time engaged to Jesy Nelson, one of Jade's bandmates, introduced them in Los Angeles.[31]

Luke Spiller's girlfriend is model Laura Cartier Millon. They have been dating since 14 February 2014.[32]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
UK
[33]
CAN
[34]
US
[35]
US
Rock

[36]
2014 Everybody Wants 52 68 99 15
2018 Young & Dangerous
  • Release: 26 October 2018
  • Label: Interscope
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl

EPs[edit]

Album Details Chart positions Sales
US
Heat

[37]
Kiss This EP
Have You Heard...
  • Release: 14 August 2015
  • Label: Interscope
  • Format: Digital download
9
Live and Unplugged
  • Release: 3 March 2017
  • Label: Interscope
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

List of singles, showing year released and album name
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
Alt.

[39]
US
Main.
Rock

[40]
US
Rock.

[41]
2012 "I Just Know" Non-album single
2013 "Could Have Been Me" 5 12 15 Everybody Wants
2014 "Kiss This" 8 17 21
"Put Your Money on Me" 22
2016 "Dirty Sexy Money"
"Only Just a Call Away"
"Put Your Hands Up" Non-album single
2017 "One Night Only" 18 29 26 Non-album single
2018 "Body Talks"
(solo or with Kesha)
16 33 15 Young & Dangerous
"Primadonna Like Me"
"Bulletproof Baby"

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