UK Indie-Glam Rock Band
"It Could Have Been Me"
Climbing the U.S. Radio Charts
Band Named iHeartRadio's On The Verge Artist
US Tour Kicks off at Daytime Village at the iHeartRadio Music Festival
Confirmed Appearances at
Buzzfest, Voodoo Music & Arts Experience
and Chill on the Hill
"I was born to do this. And I'll die doing it. If anyone else likes it, it's a bonus."
--Luke Spiller, Lead Singer of The Struts
Following the release of their first studio album, Everybody Wants, The Struts, who hail from Derby in the UK, are gaining a fast following in the United States. Their single "Could Have Been Me" has gained 2300 plus spins and the song was featured in Billboard Magazine's Tomorrow's Hits column (a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success). Over the past few weeks "Could Have Been Me" has rapidly emerged as one of the hottest new modern rock tracks in the country, getting key adds at the nation's most influential rock stations, and appearing on numerous spotify playlists including one of their most subscribed: new music Tuesday.
The Struts were hand picked to be iHeartRadio's current On The Verge Artist, a six-week program that includes on-air exposure as well as significant digital and social support across iHeartMedia's network. The program is based on key tracks and artists that iHeartMedia's programmers are collectively passionate about and the highly successful program has proven instrumental in the development of successful and highly credible emerging artists such as the rock band X Ambassadors, indie pop band Bleachers and singer/songwriter Vance Joy.
The Struts, who flaunt their style and yes strut on stage and off, were honored to be the only opener last year in Paris for The Rolling Stones and regularly tour throughout the UK. They ignited the crowd this past week at Download Festival, Bergenfest, and Isle of Wight, where they played the main stage, proving that they are able to rock alongside bands from across all genres. This summer they kick off an American tour with appearances at Daytime Village at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Buzzfest and Voodoo Fest.
The Struts frontman Luke Spiller is not afraid to have attitude and be different from a generation of cautious rock bands who in his opinion have second-guessed rock & roll into the margins. "Too many bands are afraid," reasons Spiller. "They're looking over their shoulder, too concerned with thinking 'Can I get away with this?' and caught up with what's currently cool. You need a good level of songwriting, of course, but you need a level of performance and style too. You need flamboyance."
Of course, such fighting words would be nothing without the swaggering songs to back them up, which The Struts have delivered including "Kiss This" a rock anthem for anyone who's been cheated on and "Put Your Money On Me," the underdog anthem Noel Gallagher could have written back in the day.
Spiller is evangelical about music, and it's partly because of his background. He's the son of born-again Christians and went to church in Bristol every Sunday until he was 16. "When I could stop going, it gave me an extra day to myself," he explains. And that day was filled with rock. He guzzled up the greats, from Led Zeppelin to Queen via Leonard Cohen and AC/DC, and hasn't stopped inhaling since.
CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
Sept 13 Sterling Heights, MI 98X Chill On The Hill
Sept 19 Las Vegas, NV iHeartRadio - Daytime Village
Oct 30-Nov 1 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Music & Arts Experience
** additional tour dates to be announced next week.
Check out www.thestruts.com for up to date information.