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Interview:
The Struts at Saint Andrews, 5 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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The Struts like up the rock world four years ago with "Everybody Wants," a debut album full of engaging cheek and classic/glam rock references that had bands like the Rolling Stones, the Who, Guns N' Roses and Foo Fighters clamoring for the British quartet to open for them.



The group is in fine fettle again on its sophomore set, "Young & Dangerous," which comes out Oct. 26 and has already produced the Top 20 rock single "Body Talks" and is filled with big riffs, catchy choruses and plenty of frontman Luke Spiller's larger-then-life personality -- nowhere moreso than on the fantasy (or is it?) track "Primadonna Like Me."



Spiller and company want nothing less than world domination, but they'll settle for being, well, young and dangerous until that happens...



Spiller, 31, says by phone that the Struts "just wanted to make another great album, first and foremost" with "Young & Dangerous." "It being the second album and the first one, we felt, was so strong, we couldn't have anything that was less than that. It had to be on par with that, if not more. But what's been ground about our band is from the very beginning we never wanted to make an album which had nothing we couldn't feel would be a single in its own right."



"Young & Dangerous" was, however, "a real pain in the ass to finish," recorded while the group was on tour, dropping into multiple studios with proven hit-making producers such as Sam Hollander and Butch Walker. "It was quite challenging," Spiller says. "It wasn't like, 'Oh, you've got four months now. Let's write a record' and whatnot. It was literally a week here, then a week there, then get back on the road, do two weeks' worth of shows, jump into this studio, jump in with this producer...It was all very around the world, disjointed. It was blood, sweat and tears, but at the end of the day I think what we did was fantastic."



Bringing in new producers and collaborators for "Young & Dangerous" was an adjustment for the Struts. "To be honest, I didn't enjoy it at the very beginning," Spiller acknowledges. "I kind of had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do, but then I was encouraged to meet a couple people and get to grips with their production style and sort of experiment a bit. At the time I didn't think we had the time to do it; I was like, 'Look, let's (expletive) get on with this!' But in hindsight it really worked well. It actually helped create some of the new tracks and some of the new sounds we really like."



"Young & Dangerous" incorporates touches of contemporary pop and dance music. creative moves Spiller calls "painful. But you never grow unless you get out of the comfort zone and don't do the same thing. We just started throwing (stuff) at the wall, seeing if it would stick. Some didn't but a lot did. It was tough, but it was worth it in the end."



Spiller says that he likes to play the rock star -- which he makes fun of in "Primadonna Like Me" -- but in reality does not consider himself one. "I get to pretend to be one for an hour and 40 minutes every night, but that's about it. I think it's more of an ideology than it is an actual thing these days, more of an attitude. So, no, I'm not a rock star, but if people think I am, then I'm doing a good job."



The Struts, White Reaper and Spirit Animal perform Friday, Sept. 21, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $$28 and $43. Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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