The Struts


The Struts (2012-present): a Hard Rock band from Derby, Derbyshire, UK.


lthough Diskery lists them as glam metal The Struts have been categorized as hard rock and glam rock. The Struts formed in Derby, Derbyshire, UK in 2012 consisting of Luke Spiller (lead vocalist), Adam Slack (guitars), Jed Elliott (bass) and Gethin Davies (drums).

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 album. Inspired by this encounter, his first aspirations were to be a contemporary dancer, but by the age of 11, he was listening to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Queen, AC/DC and Leonard Cohen and as a teen he'd join bands.

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 in the process of splitting, and both connected musically. Spiller then 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 but by 2012, Binns and Thomas were replaced with bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies, forming what is now The Struts, a name derived from an offhand comment made at a rehearsal. Spiller is noted to have said 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.".

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The Struts 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, which includes a cover of Royals by Lorde.

Their big break came in 2014 when they performed for 80,000 people as the opener for the The Rolling Stones in Paris. Then, Mike Oldfield recruited Spiller to sing on his 2014 album Man on the Rocks, but Spiller ended up singing the whole album main vocals instead of just one song, as planned. "He did a much better job of sounding like a rock star than me," said Oldfield in a later interview.

The Struts first television performance was on Vintage TV's Live Sessions, where they appeared alongside established acts like Toyah, Nik Kershaw and Judie Tzuke.

Everybody Wants, their debut studio album arrived in July 2014 and it was followed quickly after by the EP Have You Heard, later that year in August that gave them their first US release and with 'Interscope Records/Polydor'; the supporting US tour was sold out.

The Struts relocated to Los Angeles in early 2015.

On 9 August 2016, they opened for Guns N' Roses for their Not in This Lifetime tour.

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, Canada, this would be followed by the 23 September 2017, show in Lucca, Italy where they opened for The Rolling Stones during the #nofilter tour. Then 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.

After wrapping up their tour with Foo Fighters, The Struts headlined their Body Talks tour, with bands Spirit Animal and White Reaper. The band also collaborated with American singer and songwriter Kesha for the remix of their single Body Talks. The Struts premiered the single Bulletproof Baby in September, and released their second album Young & Dangerous on 26 October 2018.

On 28 August 2020, The Struts released the single Another Hit of Showmanship with The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. They subsequently announced a new album and single titled Strange Days. Both were released on 2 September 2020.

June 2023 saw them on tour in North America and appearing at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival.

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The Struts play at the Burlington Sound of Music festival. Burlington, Ontario, Canada. June 17, 2023.
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Nation UK
Location Derby, Derbyshire
Genre Hard Rock
Other Genres Glam Metal
Formations 1
Active Years 2012-
Last Modified 2023-06-18
Diskery ID 2605

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The Struts play at the Burlington Sound of Music festival. Burlington, Ontario, Canada. June 17, 2023.
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