Looking as if Queen and Aerosmith had a child who was then raised by the Rolling Stones and Prince, The Struts are top-shelf performers who have only sporadically made inroads on the US charts with songs like “Body Talks.” Nevertheless, they have a large and growing fan base that covers a wide range of ages and musical tastes, mainly because they bring endless style and energy to what they do.
Lead vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies deliver pure rock attitude and energy to the popular music landscape — and thank the heavens, because it beats another mid-tempo singer’s song with fingersnaps and lounge bass lines. They also sing excellent harmonies, exude joy, and feel like a real band.
With fun, great humor, snappy lyrics, and irresistible hooks, they were recently lured away to a new label, with Spiller changing his hair to blonde and adopting more of a “thin white Duke” appearance, an air you might have caught if you saw him singing with Queen at the recent Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts.
The song below opens with one of my favorite opening lines: “Don’t you know who I think I am?”
The song comes from the band’s second album, Young & Dangerous, released after they completed their tour with the Foo Fighters. They initially came to public attention as the opening act for the Rolling Stones.
The music speaks for itself, as does the bonus track, a cover of a song by two of their musical “parents.”
Bonus song, proving the band can nicely update a song featuring more from its proximal genetic influences, in this case David Bowie and Mick Jagger: