Toby Marriott was 15 years old when his father, Humble Pie/Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott, died in a house fire in England. “I had just picked up playing guitar myself,” recalls Marriott, now 30, who was living in Atlanta with his mother at the time. “I remember telling him about it, and he was, ‘Well, maybe we can play together and I can teach you some stuff.’
“He died two weeks later.”
Now the younger Marriott is carrying on the family name with his own band, the Strays. Based in Los Angeles, the quartet plays a gritty brand of rock steeped in punk and glam styles. The group’s first song, “Life Support,” was featured on the “Transporter 2” soundtrack, while its debut album, “Le Futur Noir,” comes out Sept. 12.
Marriott, who has a younger sister living in Windsor, Ontario, knows his famous lineage is helping to bring attention to the band. But he’s never taken it for granted.
“ are so many aren’t that good,” he notes. “I can’t say I’ve got special privileges, that I can just pick up an instrument and play it great. It did come real easy for me, but I’ve got to learn like everyone else. You still have to work for your talent.”
The Strays perform with the Buzzcocks and the Adored at 8 tonight at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit
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