Glam rockers The Struts performed at Capone’s at 7 p.m. May 9. With their mix of old-school rock and roll swagger and modern flourishes, The Struts are known to interest fans of both classic rock and indie music.
The U.K. band has performed on some fairly large stages before, opening for giants such as the Rolling Stones in Paris and Motley Crue on their recent farewell tour. They have also made several television appearances, performing on both “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Their videos for “Kiss This” and “Could Have Been Me” have been in regular rotation on MTVU, which can be seen on TVs around the D.P. Culp University Center.
According to the band’s official bio, the band have recently moved from their native England to Los Angeles. Their debut album, “Everybody Wants,” has also been recently released here in the U.S., making it onto the Billboard Top 200 Charts.
The band’s sound is strongly influenced by groups such as the Rolling Stones, Oasis and Queen, with lead singer Luke Spiller’s voice being highly comparable to legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
The rest of the band is rounded out by guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott and Gethin Davies on drums. Unlike many of their glam rock peers, The Struts employ cleaner guitar sounds and modern production to emphasize their strong songwriting abilities.
The group’s Johnson City stop is part of a large-scale American tour, the band’s first, to promote their new EP, “Have You Heard.” Before the show in Johnson City, they were at the Carolina Rebellion festival in Concord, North Carolina, and now, they are headed for Pittsburgh, Norfolk and Atlanta.
As a band, The Struts take their live performances seriously.
“We’re not afraid to go out there and really put on a show, get everyone in the crowd involved,” Slack said.