The Struts Setlist
Highly Suspect Setlist
The frenetic trio (Ryan Meyer - drums, vocals; Rich Meyer - bass, vocals; Johnny Stevens – guitar, vocals, synthesizer) not only rocked with their 50 min. set, they rawked, playing in support of their first full-length, Mister Asylum (on 300 Entertainment) and fans responded in kind, especially to ‘Bath Salts’, new single ‘Lydia’, and even the unreleased ‘Fire in Bedstuy’.
Singer Stevens was clearly having fun, calling out all the people in the crowd wearing their t-shirts and with ‘Lydia’ peaking at #4 on the Mainstream Rock chart, plan to hear much more from this diverse hard alternative threesome that can channel the muddiness of a Soundgarden one minute and the crunch of vintage Black Sabbath, the next.
Americans may have only heard of The Struts this year, but the truth is that the band has been around for at least five years now, complete with a debut single ‘I Just Know’ in 2012 and full length album Everybody Wants (Virgin/EMI) in 2014. However, as an introduction to America, they've only officially released one EP, Have You Heard to us and (perhaps smartly) decided to only play those particular songs (all four songs), and throwing in a few more from their debut album. With a total of seven songs (and one encore song), on paper should have only been, at best, a 40-minute set... but somehow the band managed to vamp out their set to nearly an hour. A typical Struts song is stretched from three minutes to about fifteen minutes!
Frontman Luke Spiller, despite undergoing vocal problems, was determined to give us the best show of our lives. Spiller said, "As you can hear, my voice is f**** tonight... Hope you are not disappointed." Shortly after that announcement, he started screaming and singing to ‘Kiss This’. He actually sounded completely fine, and no one would have been the wiser if he hadn't mention anything about his voice.
Before their last song, Spiller, once again, apologized for his voice, but promised to be "in top form next time" and then that they promised to play "two hours!"
The breakout U.K. band continues their US tour with some additional dates recently added - see listing below:
10/14 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
10/17 Woodlands, TX KTBZ-FM Buzzfest
10/19 Atlanta, GA The Earl
10/20 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
10/21 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
10/23 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
10/24 Philadelphia, PA The Foundry
10/25 Boston, MA The Sinclair
10/26 Buffalo, NY Iron Works
10/28 Nashville, TN The High Watt
10/29 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill-Duck Room
10/31 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Music
11/01 Dallas, TX Club Dada
11/02 Austin, TX Stubb’s BBQ
11/04 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
11/05 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
11/08 Vancouver, BC Venue
11/09 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
11/10 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
11/11 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
11/13 Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock
11/14 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Live Las Vegas
11/27 Toronto, ON Adelaide Hall
11/28 Montreal, QC Fairmount Theatre
11/29 Wilkes-Barre, PA Chandelier Lobby
12/01 Norfolk, VA Norva
12/02 Richmond, VA The National
The Struts at First Avenue, Minneapolis (17 September 2015)