The Struts recently had a sold-out show at Ace of Spades where they played their hits to an adoring crowd. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to see the England based quartet, don’t make that mistake the next time they come around. The band is led by Luke Spiller who embraces glam influences from Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and T. Rex’s Marc Bolan. He had the crowd jumping in what was a high energy show from their opener “Primadonna Like Me” through their set closer “Could Have Been Me.”
As much as Spiller is a constantly riveting presence, The Struts are no one man band. Drummer Gethin Davies delivered a metronomic beat that the rest of the band played in and out of. Adam Slack’s guitar combines with Jed Elliott’s bass playing to provide a garage-y sound that contrasts nicely with the shimmering vocals. Though they wear their influences on their fringe-adorned sleeves, they are not simply a retro-glam band. Each song was a carefully crafted blast of pop with enough grime and spirit to make unmistakably their own.