English glam rock band The Struts played a sold-out show at The Foundry in Philly this past Saturday night.


Photo by Kenzie Gasper

Opening for them were The Karma Killers, a punk rock band from New Jersey that’s been garnering attention with the release of their debut EP Strange Therapy.  Their sound isn’t particularly my style, but I really see a lot of promise and I definitely think they have the chops to become a huge name.  With lyrics like “It was a cruel summer, one way or another/ I miss my Sharona, crimson and clover,” it’s obvious The Karma Killers are influenced by the iconic musicians that preceded them.

Right before The Struts were to take the stage, the crowded room began to murmur in excitement.  “I love him,” the girl standing next to me said (in reference to front man Luke Spiller.)  Finally, after much anticipation, the doors opened and The Struts sauntered out to deafening whistles and cheers.  The foursome was decked out in head to toe sequins, velvet and silk, paying homage to the glam rock bands of the 1970s.  Spiller, who bears a striking resemblance to Freddie Mercury, greeted the audience in an almost incomprehensible English accent before going into rousing renditions of their popular songs “Could Have Been Me” and “Kiss This” (my personal favorite!)

This was honestly one of the most entertaining shows I’ve ever seen, due to the fact that the band heavily interacted with the crowd and kept us all on our toes.  At one point during the show, Spiller instructed everyone to crouch down for a few moments, and then rise up again as the music builds.  The Struts are one of those rare bands that know how to put on a hell of a show, in large part due to Spiller’s stage presence, which has been compared to the likes of Mick Jagger and David Bowie.

Though their set was short (they only played about seven or eight songs), the band came out for an encore after hearing the audience chant “One more song!  One more song!”

Before making their final exit, Spiller thanked everyone for coming and joined his bandmates for a final bow.

The Struts return to Philly’s Theatre of the Living Arts on December 17th, so be sure to grab your tickets before they’re gone.  I’ll definitely be there cheering them on.


Photo by Kenzie Gasper