They may be slowly winding down their touring for 2016, but The Struts showed no signs of halfhearted enthusiasm at Toronto’s Opera House this past Tuesday. It was full steam ahead from a band that never does things in half-measures. The UK act dove headfirst into the 1970s glam rock scene when they formed and haven’t looked back since.
As they took to the appropriately ornate stage to the sounds of a 70s game show theme song, the band was noticeable missing one member- frontman Luke Spiller. That’s because the bombastic singer also acts as his own hypeman and was delivering a self-aggrandizing introduction offstage. He then strode out with the poise of a seasoned veteran, wearing a full suit of gold sequins and makeup straight out of Rocky Horror Picture Show. From then on it was all triumphant poses and theatrical gestures, the extravagant light show only magnifying the band’s moves.
The first song was “Put Your Hands Up” and it seemed like that was the prime directive for the night, as the audience did not bring their arms down for a single song. Whether it was for fist-pumping action during the colossal “Could Have Been Me” or lighter-waving action for the subdued “Mary Go Round”, the crowd was moving as much as the band.
Spiller’s ferocious vamping works even better due to the perfectly engineered sound of the band.
Their set sounded like a long-lost Greatest Hits CD of a glam-rock band from 40 years ago; something you’d pop in the car and let play for the entire duration of a road trip (in the summer of course!) Songs like “These Times Are Changing” and “Kiss This” are already ingrained in the public’s consciousness- as proved by the crowd that moved in sync with the energetic frontman.
Toronto might be in the middle of a polar vortex, but the heat coming from the stage definitely had people nice and toasty for the night!