With heavy eyeliner, bee-stung lips, skin-tight trousers, leather jacket, metallic poncho and a shaggy mullet that screams “love child of Freddie Mercury and Kristy McNichol,” Struts frontman Luke Spiller looks the part of a swaggering rock star before he ever steps on stage and opens his mouth.
When he does unleash his brazenly British accent, rolling his Rs with gusto over the band’s infectiously catchy guitar rock anthems, it’s like the heavens have merged Mick Jagger’s body, Mercury’s voice and Steven Tyler’s fashion sense.
The Struts – who play The Fillmore’s new neighboring club the Underground on Wednesday – capture the energy and danger rock n’ roll was founded on, through singles like the SiriusXM favorite “Kiss This.” Band members date models and pop stars, and videos depict a hedonistic party lifestyle, but Spiller points out reality is not quite as exciting.
“People seem to forget that they’re videos,” says Spiller during two weeks off writing and recording in L.A. “We did have to come up with a look and aesthetic. It’s always somewhat in character to a big extent. Just the way you go onstage, it’s the same mindset. Some people are disappointed that I don’t wake up with a prostitute, a bag of coke and a bottle of Jack Daniels.”
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Did we mention he’s funny, too?
“There’s a degree of professionalism,” he adds. “You want to have a good time as well. At the end of the day, the hardest time to not get f----- up is when you have time off. It’s easy when you stay busy.”
The Struts, together since 2009, are now busy working toward conquering America.
“The only thing English is the members themselves and the path of the music,” says Spiller. “I guess we made ourselves into the USA residency band. We’re approaching America as if we kind of live here. England is still yet to catch on. It’s kind of acting like a droopy-eyes slow child that hasn’t learned how to ride a bike.”
While it may not yet be a hit in their homeland, the Struts made major headway opening for headliners like Guns n’ Roses and the Rolling Stones – gigs that put them in front of tens of thousands in San Francisco and Paris.
That sort of progress is why the band continues to tour behind its full-length debut, “Everybody Wants,” which was originally released in 2014 in England and reissued in the states on Interscope this spring.
Spiller and the boys aren’t even sick of playing older earworms like “Could Have Been Me” and “Put Your Money On Me.” Says Spiller: “You’d be surprised by how much enthusiasm you can find with five-year-old material when it starts to bring in a good crowd.”
When: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Where: The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Details: 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.