TUESDAY, MARCH 08, 2016|
Posted by: Kirsten Spruch
"Have you ever listened to The Struts before?" A random girl [Ed. note: the girl has identified herself as Shannon Sophy.] in the crowd asked me that as we waited for the band to go on. I did research on the band prior to the event but other than that, it's safe to say I was more familiar than a fan. Despite my lack of experience with the band, this girl was the polar opposite. We'd never spoken before -- never even exchanged names -- yet she began pouring out all of her feelings about The Struts to me. She was coming from a different state and this was her third or fourth time seeing them live. After we exchanged words for ten minutes, the passion in this girl's eyes only managed to increase my expectations for the show.
Dripping in gold glitter, black eyeshadow, and glitzy rings, the band walked onto stage. They took their time getting started, which set a refreshingly casual mood for the rest of the evening. Once they burst into their first song, energy levels were high. Frontman Luke Spiller looked as if a bucket of water had been dumped on his head just a few minutes in. Spiller was clearly the star of the band as he frantically danced around, covering every square inch of the stage. He got the crowd hyped up by making us clap along to almost every song and even pulled a Freddie Mercury by improvising a line and having us sing it back to him. The guitarist and bassist chilled on the sidelines and let the flamboyant singer do his thing.
There was a beautiful moment of unity when Spiller dove into the crowd and stood on the bar on the other side of the room. From there, we participated in a call and response session once again. The whole crowd sang together -- we were the music and Spiller was our conductor.
Spiller returned back to the stage and the audience got back into the regular flow again. The fans were crazed. One woman pushed me from behind, raised her hands toward the stage, and sang along so loudly as if it was the last time she would ever hear the song again. I didn't mind because it was actually nice to see a crowd that could let loose and do whatever they wanted -- that's the kind of energy that The Struts brought.
This is a band that's bringing glam rock back. What's great about The Struts is that they appeal to everyone. Teen girls will fall in love with their English charm and pop sensibility but it's also music that dads can get down with. I mean that in a good way; older men and women can love The Struts as well because, essentially, they're emulating the rock music they grew up with. Unfortunately, the world is reaching an age where children that are growing up now may have never listened to Queen or The Rolling Stones, so it's our job to make sure they get exposed to this kind of music's roots. The Struts is a band that can do just that. And the expectations that that strange girl set before the show? Yes, they were met.