The Struts Have New Album Ready For 2018


The Struts Have New Album Ready For 2018

–Joe Lund

Acclaimed British band The Struts are moving closer to releasing the follow-up to their 2014 debut LP, Everybody Wants. Speaking with Billboard, frontman Luke Spiller said the quartet – who’ve been hailed as glam-rock revivalists and as a throwback to the heyday of ‘70s riff-rock – are eyeing an early 2018 release date for the yet-to-be-titled record.

“Honestly, as far as the band is concerned, it’s pretty much done,” said Spiller. “We’re just waiting to see if anything else pops out of nowhere. A lot of times, especially with the first album as well, some of the more unique songs kind of get generated towards the end of the process. It’s quite strange, but it always seems to happen. I know we’re not the first band to do that.”

Spiller said the band has already begun sequencing the existing material, culling the best tracks from roughly “60 ideas” the group had worked up. Describing the songs as “adventurous and melodic,” he said the band strived for stylistic diversity without veering too far from the sound of the debut.

“We’ve sort of explored a bit more grooves as well on this album and we’ve sort of looked at a little bit of ‘70s disco in a weird way and put our own unique spin on it,” he explained. “There’s at least three tracks which really go places and, as a listener, really take you on a journey, and some of them are more straightforward rock songs. We have this beautiful kind of mixture of elegance meets a bit of sexiness and sleaze meets epic kind of ballads. There’s romance, death, love, hate. It’s really cool.”

Meanwhile, as reported previously, The Struts are preparing for a fall tour that includes several slots as opening act for the Foo Fighters. Spiller revealed that the group is set to open some shows for the Rolling Stones as well.

“That’s all going to be really, really cool,” he enthused. “We are going to be bringing basically our circus on the road throughout the whole of next year and hitting festivals and just playing as much as we can, basically. Wherever we’re going to be needed we’ll go. We’re gearing up now and are ready to work our absolute socks off for the entire year.”