The Struts, a band that has played for thousands while opening for the likes of The Rolling Stones and Motley Crue, unplugged and performed for less than a hundred as part of AXS’s Patio Sessions. This short set, interspersed with a few brief Q&A rounds, took place at the historic Desmond Building at the un-rock & roll hour of 6:30 p.m. (while the SoCal sun was shining over downtown Los Angeles). It may have been quieter and more intimate than most Struts shows, but it still rocked.
Led by vocalist Luke Spiller, who sometimes likes to roll his r’s when he sings, The Struts leaned on a few choice songs, including “It Could Have Been Me” with a lyric that promotes a life lived without any regrets or ‘what ifs.’
Spiller’s vocals mix a little Freddie Mercury style with Liam Gallagher’s snotty attitude. And yet, even such rock & roll superiority could not keep a song such as “Put Your Money On Me” from expressing real, sincere sweetness.
Whether under the bright lights of an arena, or the natural sunlight of a patio stage, The Struts are one band to keep a close eye on.