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Struts, The - 2016 Everybody Wants



ARTIST: Struts, The
ALBUM: Everybody Wants
LABEL: Interscope
SERIAL: B002463-02
YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Luke Spiller - vocals * Adam Slack - guitar * Jed Elliot - bass * Gethin Davies - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Roll Up * 02 Could Have Been Me * 03 Kiss This * 04 Put Your Money On Me * 05 Mary Go Round * 06 Dirty Sexy Money * 07 The Ol' Switcheroo * 08 She Makes Me Feel Like * 09 Young Stars * 10 Black Swan * 11 These Times Are Changing * 12 Only Just A Call Away * 13 Where Did She Go

WEBLINKS: www.thestruts.com


Background
OK, so it's taken a while to get round to reviewing this but its only really been a regular on my stereo with this the US version of their debut album which initially appeared here in the UK back in 2014. The focus of attention is of course lead vocalist Luke Spiller with his Freddie Mercury looks and his rather tasty line in Zandra Rhodes designer threads, but there's a lot more to these guys than just this window dressing. Coming out of the city of Derby in 2010, the band has been steadily building up momentum, and with some priceless exposure on the BBC documentary 'Oh you Pretty Things' a while back they have begun to seep in people's consciousness and attract some glowing reviews in the process.


The Songs
This release differs a little from the original UK release probably due to the US record company looking for songs more tailored to the US audience. With a sound firmly rooted in the 70's but with a rather different take on that decade than say Inglorious, The Struts have gone down the hook laden Glam route. Opener 'Roll Up' sets the scene for things to come as the song is into the chorus within the first minute and then never lets you go, and with those big gang choruses which are on show in songs such as 'Could of Been Me' and 'The Ol Switcheroo' these guys are onto a winner with me. Pretty much every song on the album has that infectious, good time feel to it but that doesn't mean that this is shallow in any way, far from it in fact. The music has a real depth to it. This depth is evident with songs such as 'Mary Go Round' and 'Only a Call Away' when they slow it down a little and really spread those wings. There are great performances throughout from Spiller's Rolled R's to the 'on the money' drumming from Gethin Davies, and not a filler in sight here as every song stands very much on its own merits.


In Summary
I've seen some reviews that seem to think that this is a throwback to the Britpop days of Blur/Oasis, but I don't hear too much of that myself, these guys have both feet planted further back than that but with an eye focused very closely on what's going on right now. Along with The Last Great Dreamers these guys seem to have that 70's sound/market pretty much wrapped up. The Struts could well be set for the long run as long as they don't overreach themselves. There is a certain cocky flamboyance to them which harnessed in the right way could see them go all the way. As I said at the very beginning it's taken a while to get into the band but I'm hooked, catching them live is the next step, although right now their energies seem to be concentrating on that lucrative American market so I might have to wait awhile for that delight. Top, top album. [word count 509]


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#1 | Eric on March 29 2016 22:31:53
I have an old friend who sent me a Struts video link last year because he knew I was into Queen and I was impressed with Spiller's looks and Freddie Mercury moves but that can only last so long. I do hear the 90's Brit pop thing (Supergrass maybe?) but It'll be interesting to watch them develop since I seem to remember the same sort of Queen-ish hype around The Darkness and we know how that turned out.
 
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