Cat No: 3516667

The first song is a magnificent, sprawling and string-laced duet, its a tender-hearted epic that offers incredible solace in the most chaotic of times. The song came about along with the rest of the ten-track album as a result of the bands enforced lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic but started out as an idea lead singer Luke Spiller originally had on a tour bus last summer. It then took on a life of its own as a result of a chance encounter online.

I was doing Quarantine Radio and Robbie hit me up out of the blue asking if we could talk, explains Spiller, referring to the Instagram Live show launched by The Struts in the early days of lockdown. We ended up Face-Timing for about two hours the first time wed ever spoken, talking about life and music and UFOs and everything else you can think of. I asked if hed like to work together at some point, and while we were making the album he graciously let us come over and record him singing on his front porch.

Robbie Williams notes, We did a vocal for a wonderful song that has been gifted my way. Its been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to listen to this man sing. Its great to be a fan of someone and then a part of this recording. Its like having a hero here and I genuinely mean that.

The new single follows the surprise release of the track Another Hit of Showmanship, which features Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes and centres on another poignant vocal performance from Spiller, who deftly channels the tension between giving in to temptation and rising above your demons.

After laying down the initial version of the track, Spiller reached out to Hammond, for whom the band opened on a series of 2018 solo shows. Another Hit of Showmanship reminds me of being at a club night called Ramshackle years ago at the O2 Academy in Bristol, where theyd play bands like The Libertines and Razorlight and Scissor Sisters, and of course The Strokes, says Spiller. I hit up Albert out of the blue and told him, Weve got this song, and Im so excited to see what you would do with it. As soon as he got his hands on it, he took it to a whole different level”it really just shows why hes so brilliant at what he does.

And these two tracks are just some of the spectacular delights on offer on the Strange Days album. In an organic turn of events for a band massively embraced by some of rock-and-roll historys greatest icons”a feat thats included opening for The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Guns N Roses”Strange Days finds The Struts joining forces with not only Robbie Williams and Albert Hammond Jr, but also Def Leppards Joe Elliott and Phil Collen on the hip-shaking stomper I Hate How Much I Want You.

And on the bands heaviest track to date, the fierce and filthy anthem Wild Child, the four-piece of Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies, are super-charged by the blistering guitar work of Rage Against The Machines Tom Morello.

Elsewhere the explosive All Dressed Up (With Nowhere To Go) unfolds in snarling power chords and exquisitely cheeky lyrics while the beautifully weary Burn It Down, finds The Struts slipping into a bittersweet mood, serving up a slow-burning ballad that sounds straight from the sessions for Exile on Main St. The sole cover song on Strange Days, Do You Love Me sees The Struts updating a fantastically sleazy track first recorded by KISS in 1976.

The Strange Days album came to life over the course of a charmed and frenzied burst of creativity this spring. After getting tested for COVID-19, the band all moved into the Los Angeles home of Jon Levine, a producer who worked extensively on their acclaimed second album YOUNG & DANGEROUS. Within just ten days of couch-crashing at Levines house, The Struts had laid down nine original tracks alongside their masterful cover of the KISS B-side: a lean, mean body of work that amounts to their most glorious output to date.

It was so much fun to make a record this way instead of getting everything done in between touring, working with multiple producers in multiple countries, says Spiller. We were all just burning to capture that excitement as much as we possibly could, and at times it felt like the songs were literally just falling from the sky. It was undoubtedly a magical ten days for us”and I hope when people hear the album, it gives them a taste of that magic too.

Mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Panic! At the Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Johnny Marr), the result is a powerhouse album that lifts The Struts glammed-up breed of modern rock to entirely new and wildly thrilling heights.

Strange Days (with Robbie Williams)

All Dressed Up (With Nowhere To Go)

Do You Love Me

I Hate How Much I Want You (with Phil Collen, Joe Elliot)

Wild Child

Cool

Burn It Down

Another Hit Of Showmanship (with Albert Hammond Jr)

Cant Sleep

Am I Talking To The Champagne (Or Talking To You)

Strange Days

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Format:CD Genre:Rock Record Label:Interscope Release Date:16/10/2020
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