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The Struts: Live at the One Hundred Club

The Struts: Live at the One Hundred Club

By: Jenny Ibbott

The Struts are a glam rock ‘n’ roll band who have become enormously popular with audiences across Europe and America. The Struts comprise of: Luke Spiller - lead vocals; Adam Slack - guitar; Jed Elliot - bass guitar; and Gethin Davies - drums.

Tucked away between your everyday local stores on Oxford Street is The 100 Club. It was here on Thursday 19th November that Disorder attended their recent gig. Upon an early arrival, the venue was quiet with no indication of the melee to come.

 

Tucked away between your everyday local stores on Oxford Street is The 100 Club. It was here on Thursday 19th November that Disorder attended their recent gig. Upon an early arrival, the venue was quiet with no indication of the melee to come. 

A wild roar ripped from the audience as The Struts entered the stage, which continued throughout the entirety of the performance. The band played all of their well-known songs and it was amazing to see that nearly all of their audience knew every single lyric. There was no limit to Luke’s voice – a cross between the sound of Axel Rose and Freddie Mercury, with his own modern and unique twist. 

Their performance as a band was incredibly slick. Every second of their performance was choreographed – a true mark of their professionalism. The audience hung on every move, every word, every breath that came from the stage, waiting in anticipation as to what was coming next. The Struts’ epic lead vocalist, Luke Spiller, captivated their audience inducing a trance-like state that held the crowd in adoration. He was in absolute command; if he said, ‘JUMP,’ not a second’s hesitation came before we were all in the air, waving madly and screaming with abandon. 

Don’t think for a second that he outshone the band, for he was as one with them. The well-executed and polished repertoire made room for each band member to shine. During one of Luke’s three costumes changes – from a stylish, customised, militaristic jacket to a tribal, silk dress-shirt in a bold print, and ending with an arm-flared, drape-like, dark purple top – Gethin Davies, alone onstage, started the finale with a consistent yet energising drumbeat. Jed Elliot then joined him, followed by Adam Slack, each taking their time to enjoy the crowd’s admiration. Luke then made his way back to the fore to rapturous applause, in his zany, ‘un-’usual flare.  

The Struts have now headed back to the USA, but will be returning to the UK in the New Year; as Luke put it on the night, “London next year is our year!”