The Struts have all the makings of a big-time rock 'n’ roll band.
Its frontman has the voice of Freddie Mercury and the moves of Mick Jagger. Its arena-accommodating singles are overstuffed with addictive choruses and hooks; and its on- and off-stage image seems inspired by a mix of Mötley Crüe and multiple readings of Stephen Davis’s “Hammer of the Gods.”
But on the U.K. band’s last trip to the area, vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies didn’t howl hits like “Could’ve Been Me” and “Kiss This” from the lofty perch of a stadium stage. The band ran through cold December rain, crammed into a corner of Elmwood Avenue’s Thin Man Brewery and performed for the people.
Yes, there was the same rock star glamour fashioned on YouTube and previous Vince Neil-headlined tours. But shoehorned between barstools and ballistic fans, this was a working band, writhing through licks and kicks for Buffalo’s working people. Whip some glitter and styling mousse at it if you must, but the Struts’ sound is bred from the same tireless guitars and drums that have connected its entire genre to fans of all generations.
The Struts perform at 7:30 p.m. May 18 in Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.). Tickets are $18.50 advance, $22 day of show (Ticketfly).