Have you heard The Struts?
It may be the name of their four song EP, but it's a really a question you all should be saying "yes" to. These four guys -- Luke Spiller (lead vocals), Adam Slack (guitar), Jed Elliott (bass) and Gethin Davies (drums)- from the U.K. are well on their way bringing rock n' roll back to the forefront with their killer style, their rock star antics and a catchy new single, "Could Have Been Me."
"It's big. It's bombastic. It's quintessentially British. It has a sense of let's grab this opportunity while we can," Luke told us of the lead single. "In terms of where the band is right now mentally, that's kind of coming across going to the U.S. and trying to win over this monster of a huge, huge place. It is the perfect introduction if you haven't heard the band before. It's a cool way to start."
And while you're at it, you should check out the video, which shows them getting ready to play a massive show on a boat on the Thames River all while causing general havoc around London. You know, just rock stars being rock stars. But Luke promises that's not how these guys act everyday.
"If I lived like that everyday -- I'm coming up to 27 -- I'd be well gone before then. It's a video, don't take it too seriously. It's a concept. We are playing slight characters of ourselves. It's like, being on stage, you slip into a character. We just took those characters from our live performance and we put them into a video so to speak," he said. "But no I don't wake up every morning and sip Jack Daniels straight out of the bottle and what not. My mom would be furious if that was the case."
But it's those onstage characters that are getting a lot of notice. The band, which formed back in 2012 in Derby, England, are currently on their first U.S. tour. "[You can expect] sweat, blood, tears laughter, crying, shouting, singing, dancing, jumping, squeezing, shaking and a toilet break. It's a small piece of heaven, or hell, you decide," Luke said of their on stage show.
"It's fun. It's colorful. It's vibrant. It's just rock n' roll really. People want to call it glam and whatnot, the only reason why it's glam is because I like to get dolled up before we go on stage," Luke said of the bands sound. "So musically it's just rock n' roll and you can hear our influences in the music."
The band say their influences include Queen, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones, whom they opened for in Paris last year. Recently the foursome signed with Interscope Records and are working hard on bring back "sexy rock n' roll."
"The void is so f--king big it's like throwing a toothpick in a volcano and the toothpick being us. There is such a lack of androgynous sexy rock n' roll these days," Luke said. "There's so many boring bands out there who are so self conscious, who are worried about what people think about them, but we just don't give a f--k we're just doing what we do, it's connecting with people, which is the most important thing."
And they hope that connection continues with their upcoming debut album, which is about "the usual stuff, sex, drugs, rock n' roll and mild exercise," and they promise to "melt your face off."
"When we're not on the road, we are in the studio just working our socks off to get the best possible songs that we can," Luke said. "We want it to be the best we can to make the best impression we can and in general, put out the best image of us that we can. It's going good -- it's going to melt your face off, I guarantee it."