The Struts have only one full-length album in their discography. It’s called “Everybody Wants,” which is fitting considering how much in demand the band from Derbyshire, England, has been since the album’s release. Not many bands can say they’ve opened for the Rolling Stones (in Paris, no less) and Mötley Crüe in the same year.
“Everybody Wants” is a collection of songs that bristles with melody, grooves and attitude. It’s a blend of glam rock, pop metal and punk — hard, brash and catchy all at once.
The band is fronted by lead singer Luke Spiller, a guy with rock-star looks and a cock-of-the-block walk. Song titles reflect the group’s point of view, songs like “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Let’s Make This Happen Tonight” and “Kiss This.”
The band has drawn widespread comparisons, from Queen and the Kaiser Chiefs to Oasis and Catfish and the Bottlemen — an indication of both the diversity and accessibility of its sound.
The Struts perform May 6 at Crossroads KC as part of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest.
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A four-day pass is $80. A four-day VIP pass is $150. It includes preferred viewing at the Midland and Crossroads KC. A weekend pass is $65. A Wednesday/Thursday pass is $30. Single-day weekend passes are $35. Single-day weekend VIP packages are $75. Tickets are available at middleofthemapfest.com.
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