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REVIEW: Everybody Wants . . . The Struts

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

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REVIEW: Everybody Wants . . . The Struts

JUST when you though the spirit of Glam Rock was dead, along come The Struts to give a contemporary twist on the 1970s sounds.

The tracks on the band's debut album are short, sharp shocks of infectious rock 'n' roll and in frontman Luke Spiller they have a singer with bags of attitude and a touch of Marc Bolan and Freddie Mercury about him. He certainly does strut.

There's also more to the mix than just Glam. At times they echo Jet and comparisons have been made with Hard-Fi, although The Struts have more ammunition than that suggests.

We have had a glimpse of what to expect from the band with the singles that have preceded the album release. If I Could Have Been Me with its punch-the-air chorus was a good calling card, Kiss This was the sign of a band who had found the perfect song to go with their swagger.

It's one of the year's best tracks – almost impossible to get out of your head. By such standards, the rest of Everybody Wants . . . struggles to compete but Put Your Money on Me and She Makes Me Feel come close.

Overall, the album is impossible to dislike even if the lyrics are sometimes stuck in the type of innuendo that was the norm in the 1970s but can grate a bit these days. But The Stones got away with it, which is probably why they called on The Struts to support them

The band are based in Derby but you will have to wait to see them in Sheffield or Birmingham later this year if the album grabs you.

Nigel Powlson

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