Concert Review: The Struts at The Altar Bar

May 21, 2016

The Struts lit up Pittsburgh’s Altar bar at a sold out show on May 10th with their vibrant energy and flamboyant, glamorous style.  Hailing from Britain, they seem to be following in the footsteps of Queen with frontman Luke Spiller bringing to mind Freddie Mercury in both vocal capabilities and fashion sense.  However, they do so while maintaining a sound that is distinctly modern and unique; they are in no way a cheap imitation of the bands that they draw their influence from.  On Tuesday night, Spiller’s vocals soared over a background of catchy guitar riffs during their glitzy rock songs while also captivating the audience during more melancholy ballads, revealing a more nuanced side to his melodies.  The band as a whole displayed a degree of on stage comfort and ease in commanding an audience that is exceptional for a group that is still relatively new.  The musicianship of the entire group contributed equally to putting on a flawless and entertaining show.  The fact that they played a sold out venue speaks to their rapidly growing and well-deserved popularity.

Over the course of the evening, they played a variety of songs, largely from their debut album <ital>Everybody Wants<ital>.  Although every song was met with enthusiasm, their single “Could Have Been Me” received the most raucous reaction from the audience, with the sound of the crowd nearly drowning out Spiller’s vocals.  Spiller had command of the audience: They seemed to rise and fall at his bidding, alternately sitting and jumping up to dance.  This showed just how eager the crowd was to participate and to be a part of the experience.  I, for one, have never experienced something quite like The Struts, and I am sure they’re only going to go on to bigger things from here.

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