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Interview:
The Struts at Fillmore Detroit, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The Struts has been a kind of slow-building story from across the pond.



The glammy British rock quartet has been together for 10 years, with two albums and a trio of EPs to its credit so far. It's also scored hits with singles such as "Could Have Been Me," "Kiss This" and "Body Talks," the latter a collaboration with Kesha from its 2018 sophomore album "Young & Dangerous." The group has also signed on with Dodge for an ad campaign that features the Struts' cover of Martha Reeves & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street," with an accompanying music video that, of course, features plenty of vehicles.



It's a band that marches to its own beat, but it also has plenty to, well, strut about at what's still a young point of its career...



While Struts frontman Luke Spiller says the goal for "Young & Dangerous" was "to make another great album, first and foremost," he notes that it was also "a real pain in the ass to finish...We were touring so much at the very beginning of the creative process, so it was quite challenging. It was literally a week here, a there, get back on the road and do two weeks' worth of shows, jump into this studio, jump into this producer, all around the world. It was a mixed batch of everything, but at the end of the day I think what we did was fantastic."



Spiller, 31, adds that he also had to warm to working with multiple producers, primarily Butch Walker and Sam Hollander, on the project. "To be honest I didn't enjoy it at the very beginning. I kind of had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do, then I was encouraged to sort of 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'd had the time to do it; I felt like, 'Look, let's...get on with this!' But in hindsight it worked really well. It actually helped create some of the new tracks and some of the new sound for us."



Despite a decade together and some high-profile appearances on TV as well as opening for the Rolling Stones, the Who, Foo Fighters and Guns N' Roses, Spiller says he doesn't feel like the "Primadonna Like Me" he sings about on "Young & Dangerous." "Do I feel like a rock star? Well, I get to pretend to be one for an hour and 40 minutes every night. Define rock star, really; I think it's more of an ideology than it is an actual thing these days. It's more of an attitude. It's a huge exaggeration of the inner ego of any performer, really. One of the really cool things about a lot of music is being able to dive into some sort of character and embody, no matter what it feels like (off stage)."



The Struts and Glorious Sons rock on Friday, July 19, at the Fillmore Detroit. 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors at 7 p.m. $20-$59.50. 313-961-5451 or thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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