Preview: The Struts at the Metro

Source: NPR

Source: NPR

By Zoe Huettl

If anyone needs proof that glam-rock isn’t dead, go to The Metro Wednesday night. The Struts will be sure to provide you with a healthy dose of guyliner, glitter, and guitar solos. They are a high energy U.K. based band that has opened for rock-and-roll greats like the Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, The Who, and most recently The Foo Fighters. Their sophomore album is due out this year, following the group's indie success Everybody Wants (2014).

The show promises to be quite an event; the band is known for their stage presence, especially lead singer Luke Spiller, whom Rolling Stone once described as a combination of “Freddie Mercury flair and Phil Lynott swagger.” And while Spiller will definitely command the stage, many reviews of their tour so far have also noted that the band brings its own intensity to the live performance. Expect over-the-top energy, fast pacing, and a wild crowd. Also, with a new album on the way it’s probable that a few new songs will be on the set list. Either way, it’s certain that The Struts will be bringing some serious rockstar vibes.

Joining them at the Metro will be Brooklyn-based Spirit Animal. While definitely also a rock band rock, Sprit Animal's sound is much less old-school, evoking more grunge than glam, and utilizing a modern sonic vocabulary. It will be interesting to see what they do on stage on Wednesday and how they will perform for a more retro-leaning crowd. The group is a promising opener and their Spotify Top Five are definitely worth a listen.

The real spectacle, of course, will be The Struts. The Metro is an ideal venue for them: the general-admission area will be great for those more into the mosh pit vibe, while the balcony is always available for a bit more breathing room.

Tickets are available from etix here: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4468783/the-struts-chicago-metrochicagoil

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