The Struts – The Journey to Save “Rock N’ Roll” in America
Currently making waves in the rock world after being touted by the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl as “the best band they’ve had open for them” it came as a surprise when a few stand alone dates were announced for the band this summer in between shows on that massive tour. The intimate show announced for the Musikfest Cafe was one of a few that The Struts added following their sold out support performance with the Foo Fighters just a few days prior at the massive BB&T Pavilion in Camden.
The jump from the massive amphitheater touring world back to the club realm was seemingly a non-issue for the band as they got back to their roots while doing some promotion for their upcoming new album as well. The Musikfest Cafe is one of the smallest venues The Struts have played in the better part of a few years but the venue was more than capable of both fitting their sprawling banner stage set up – it also provided a once in a life time setting with the biggest rising stars in rock music today.
Through out their growing career The Struts have been compared to many bands but the most important adjective that can be used to describe the band is revolutionary. While the United Kingdom may not have been in tune with the band during their emerging years the United States has never had a greater need for raw rock n’ roll music like the band offers; not to mention the fact that every single song (this includes the new singles) are infectiously fun and catchy. It came as no surprise when this late addition of an intimate show sold out and tickets began to skyrocket on ticket resale website. The United States loves The Struts and there is no denying that Pennsylvania music fans are some of their biggest supporters due to the massive amount of shows the band has played in the area since the state side release of their EP in 2015.
Across 13 songs The Struts demonstrated once more to their Pennsylvania fans why they are the only band in rock that has made this sort of impact in many years. Other have tried, others have succeeded but all of them all short in comparison to the lightning in a bottle that The Struts contain. In traditional fashion Gethin Davies emerged first on the color washed stage as Addo Slack and Jed Elliot ran out seconds later and the crowd went wild. Luke Spiller hit the stage with microphone in hand as the lights burst alive to shine on his stunning gold ensemble for the evening.
The performance was not at flash as the band kept the night moving with a solid dosage of nw material as well as the songs that made so many fans fall in love with their sound. “Body Talk,” the band’s new single, was unleashed early the set and demonstrated the incredible evolution the band has undertaken in just a few short years as Spiller belted out a powerful chorus that was echoed incredibly by Elliot’s infectious bass line.
At no point in the night did a band member out shine another and that same theology is ever present in their catalog of songs both new and old. Whether it was Davies laying down the massive drum parts on the yet to be released “Primadonna Like Me,” Spiller pushing his voice to the limit on a cover of Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark,” Elliot rocking a bass line on “Dirty Sex Money” or last but not least Slack having the time of his life on a guitar solo that sent him into the crowd – The Struts are a band that are best experienced live on stage.
Rock N’ Roll (finally) isn’t dead, in fact it may be more alive than ever thanks to the combined efforts of these four British rockers that America fell in love with.
From being all but exiled from the rock scene in the United Kingdom. the bottom of the bill at Made in America, to a free show on the streets of Reading, PA, countless performances at Radio 104.5 events in Philadelphia and now a sold out club run on top of a massive support gig – 2018 may just become the year of The Struts.