The Struts – Could Have Been Me (Single Review)

Derby-based indie four-piece The Struts may have only just announced the upcoming release of their debut single, ‘Could Have Been Me’, but they are far from being a newly emerging band on the scene. Signed to the Virgin EMI label, they have already had their track ‘I Don’t Know’ used for Primark’s denim campaign, and lead singer Luke Spiller recently became a face of cult British shoe label Jeffery West.

But The Struts aren’t all about image with no substance. ‘Could Have Been Me’ is truly anthemic; this is a band that were born to grace the huge stages of packed-out stadiums. Sure-of-itself and gutsy, the track doesn’t hide behind the mumbled lyrics and over-complex instrumentals of much modern music. It’s balsy and brash, with vocalist Spiller hitting it with a whole bucketload of charisma.

This stripped-bare sound gives the track a feel of the 80s rock legends, but the indie sound and the rebellious good looks of the boys themselves are bang up to date. Spiller could be a new-generation Mick Jagger, with just enough bad-boy to please his fans, and just enough clean-cut to put parents’ minds at ease. But he very nearly gave up on his life-long dream of rock and roll stardom, until he was introduced to guitarist Adam Slack in 2009. The pair spent a year writing songs together before completing the line-up with bassist Jed Elliott and Gethin Davies on drums.

Having signed with one of the giants of the music industry, the big-wigs have clearly foreseen greatness in the future of The Struts, and I couldn’t agree more. Make sure you get on board with this now, because next month, all your friends will be listening to them.