A band with a big sound and swagger to spare, the Struts are a British rock group who deliver a pop-infused brand of hard rock that owes a debt of influence to the glory days of U.K. glam. Their eager embrace of hooky melodies and singalong choruses suggests a modern-day variation on the approach of Slade or Sweet in their glory days. The Struts sounded polished, confident, and playfully decadent on their debut album, 2014's Everybody Wants, while 2018's Young & Dangerous added the sheen of contemporary pop and dance music to their starry-eyed rock n’ roll attack. They kicked off the next decade with 2020's Strange Days and singles like "Low Key in Love" with Paris Jackson.
The Struts were founded by songwriter and lead vocalist Luke Spiller and guitarist Adam Slack. By age 11, Spiller he was a serious fan of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Queen, and at 16, Spiller started singing in local rock bands. In 2009, Spiller met Slack, who began writing songs together, taking their project to the stage in 2012 with bassist Jamie Binns and drummer Rafe Thomas as the first iteration of the Struts. In 2012, Binns and Thomas were replaced by Jed Elliott on bass and Gethin Davies behind the drums. The group won an audience through steady live work, and in 2012, they released their first single, "I Just Know," via Future Records. Soon, the Struts signed with Virgin-EMI and released their first single for the label, "Could Have Been Me," in October of 2013. An EP, Kiss This, arrived in April 2014; their debut album, Everybody Wants, came out three months later. The LP was a moderate success, and Spiller's rock star vibe won him a guest appearance on Mike Oldfield's 2014 album Man on the Rocks, with Oldfield quipping, "He did a much better job of sounding like a rock star than me." That same year, the Struts were tapped to open a show for the Rolling Stones in Paris, where they played for a crowd of 80,000 people.
In 2015, the band landed a U.S. record deal with Interscope, and their American debut, the EP Have You Heard…, was given a digital release in August of that year. The EP included the two-year-old tune "Could Have Been Me," which rose to the top ten on rock Airplay and top five on the alternative songs chart, while it made the top 20 in the mainstream rock and hot rock songs surveys. "Kiss This" enjoyed similar success, and in 2015 the Struts left England for Los Angeles. In 2016, Interscope released an American edition of Everybody Wants with many tracks re-recorded and five bonus tracks swapped in. It promptly topped out at number 15 on the rock albums chart. Touring dominated the Struts' schedule for the rest of 2016 and much of 2017, with the group warming up shows for the likes of the Who, Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, and the Foo Fighters. A semi-acoustic EP, Live and Unplugged, was released in 2017. The Struts soon returned to the studio to work on their second album, and October 2018's Young & Dangerous included a guest appearance by Ke$ha on the song "Body Talk.” The band closed out the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show with the track and headed out on a tour that included headlining dates and shared bills with the Foo Fighters. The group's third album, Strange Days, arrived in October of 2020 and included "Another Hit of Showmanship" with the Strokes' Albert Hammond, Jr. and "Strange Days" with Robbie Williams. In early 2021, the Struts issued "Low Key in Love," a collaboration with Paris Jackson. Another non-album track, "Fallin' with Me," arrived in 2022.