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Bottlerock 2016, Interviews, Music

Interview: The Struts on their favourite concert films, and their love for The Darkness

By: Josh Terzino 

The Struts at BottleRock 2016 in Napa Valley, California on May 28, 2016. (Photo: Kari Terzino/Aesthetic Magazine)

The Struts at BottleRock 2016 in Napa Valley, California on May 28, 2016. (Photo: Kari Terzino/Aesthetic Magazine)

UK rockers The Struts, who released their debut album, Everybody Wants, on March 4th via Freesolo/Interscope Records/Universal Music Canada, have been touring non-stop for the past year, with their dynamic live show garnering not only hoards of new fans but also the attention of fellow musicians. At the end of last year, The Struts were hand-picked by legendary rock band Mötley Crüe to open the show on their final four performances ever, and they also experienced the thrill of opening for The Rolling Stones in front of 80,000 people in Paris.

During a press conference held at the Bottlerock Music Festival, the UK quartet talks about their favourite concert films, their love of fellow UK rockers The Darkness, and more!

How has it been to usher in a new era of rock n roll to a new generation of fans?

It’s been, uh, it’s been fantastic. You know, the Motley Crue shows were an absolute honor and the kind words especially from Nikki were, like you said the “passing the torch” reference was great. I think, um, what’s most exciting about what we’re doing is the fresh ears. A new generation is hearing this kind of music, really for the first time. And, like me when I was 15 or 16 I see this band as being a kind of gateway so it’s really exciting.

I’m a Struts virgin, but not for much longer. What should I be expecting this afternoon?

This afternoon, well, we play at 2:45 so it’s going to be very hot I’d imagine. Regardless it’s going to be high octane, high energy. I-I don’t really know it’s all going to depend on our crowd. We’re out there to entertain and show people a good time.

Your live show is super intense and theatrical. Who do you look to as influences for your stage show?

That’s a good question. I think, live, everyone who’s in a band and aspires to bring some form of entertainment to their show needs to watch AC/DC Live in Donington. Thin Lizzy at Sydney Opera House. Queen at Wembley. And, uh. That’s it. Watch that and you’ll be fine. Those are the three steps. But all those bands in particular, and more expanding through all different genres, but those are probably the key that, uh, make The Struts show.

We understand you’re heading off to Europe next week, will we have to wait long for your return to the States?

No you won’t. We’re only there for four days and we’re doing a bit of Europe. As of September all the way through November and possibly December we’re yours. We’ve got a tour in the summer in mid-July and August called the Dirty Sexy Summer tour. The reception we’ve had over here with the radio and the fans. I mean, I don’t wanna say anything bad about the U.K., but it’s been kind of exciting and growing faster over here so we’re happy to spend as much time here as possible. They still haven’t played us on the radio in the U.K. basically. So it’s nice to be embraced by the stars and stripes.

The Darkness also claim some of the bands you mentioned as influences so I wondered if they were an influence for you?

Yeah, hugely. For me, The Darkness came out…again they were kind of my gateway as I imagine The Struts will be for young people. When I was 15 in the U.K., actually the indie alternative scene was pretty good. We had The Libertines, and from the U.S. The Strokes and Razorlight from the U.K., The View. There was a really cool movement going on. But when The Darkness came out I just connected with it immediately. That first album when it came out was a masterpiece and I still think it is a fantastic album now. So yeah they’re a big influence of course.


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