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It’s been a minute since a straight-up British rock band caught our eye. Maybe it’s their ’70s glam outfits, reminiscent of Queen or shaggy hair that brings to mind Kiss, but The Struts are definitely intriguing.Their EP Have You Heard came out in August via Interscope, and proves the rock outfit has a flair for the dramatics (think Freddie Mercury or Mick Jagger). It might seem like these guys came out of nowhere, but they’ve been trying to get noticed for 6 years. With a sound that parallels Jet, Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines, The Struts bring a catchy, modern rock ‘n’ roll vibe to the table. The four piece—led by Luke Spiller—previously opened for The Rolling Stones and will play the festival circuit this fall at Voodoo Festival, iHeart Radio Music Festival, and Chill on the Hill.
It’s not just us: there’s really something about these guys—Jonas Ackerlund, who directed the “Could Have Been Me” video below—left a shoot with Madonna to make the video. After “Could Have Been Me” went viral, Luke gave us some insight into the inner-workings of The Struts.
Band name: It was actually coined by someone while we were rehearsing. I was just moving around and somebody was like, you strut around a lot. Then we were like, yeah. From then on, we knew we had a great name. We couldn’t believe it hadn’t been taken.
Musical influences: In terms of the scene and the look, 70s glam and rock—David Bowie and T. Rex. Bands like Slade, Oasis and The Libertines. Whatever we get inspired by we try to push it forward into a new, contemporary way.
Going viral: It was surreal. It’s a huge honor. Without sounding too arrogant about the whole thing, it feels liek it’s been a long time coming. We’ve been at this for the best part of 6 years. To finally now have attention is really exciting.
Favorite designers: Roberto Cavalli and John Varvatos.
Sounds like: I call it fun, high-octane rock ‘n’ roll with a glamorous twist to it. We’ve also been described as glam, indie rock ‘n’ roll.
Swarming girls: It’s part of the job. Recently we played in San Diego and we suddenly get a message and this girl says “look to your right.” There she is, following us home—driving and following our van all the way back from San Diego to LA. She actually came back to the hotel. I’m not going to tell you the disgusting things the drummer did, but you can use your imagination.