Monday Music Pick: The Struts, "Could Have Been Me"

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It’s an interesting process to witness a song starting to go viral in front of your eyes (and in your ears). It’s even more amazing when the buzz band is coming to your hometown to play their first show.

Hot off their headlining performances at the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK, The Struts are bringing their infectious glam rock song “Could Have Been Me” to the U.S. for their first extensive tour. Made up of Luke Spiller on lead vocals, Adam Slack on guitar, Jed Elliott on bass and Gethin Davies on drums, the Derby, UK-based band plays their first official East Coast headlining date at the Chameleon Club on Friday, September 4.

While building their fanbase in Europe over the last five years, The Struts have drawn comparisons to classic rock bands like Queen and The Rolling Stones and more modern glam acts like The Darkness and The Killers. (In fact, The Struts opened for The Rolling Stones in front of 80,000 fans in Paris last year.)

“Could Have Been Me” was officially released in the U.S. in August on their EP Have You Heard… and has been steadily climbing the Billboard Alternative charts, currently locking in at the No. 7 spot (as of August 31). It’s receiving significant airplay on radio stations across the country and has gone viral on Spotify, receiving nearly 3 million plays.

Written by Spiller and Slack, “Could Have Been Me” tells the autobiographical story of the band doing everything in their power to have their music heard and not leaving anything to regret with lyrics like:

“Don’t wanna live as an unsung melody
I’d rather listen to the silence telling me
I can’t hear you, I won’t fear you.
Don’t wanna wake up on Monday morning
The thought of work’s getting my skin crawling
I can’t fear you, I don’t hear you now.”

The official video for “Could Have Been Me” debuted a little more than a week ago and is already approaching 1 million views on YouTube. The Struts also performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on their first U.S. TV appearance on August 21.

The Struts perform with Highly Suspect at the Chameleon Club on Friday, September 4. Tickets are just $5.07. They perform the next day at the Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia. Be sure to read my exclusive interview tomorrow with lead singer Luke Spiller.



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Michael Yoder has been writing stories at numerous publications for more than a decade. His interests include impersonating Santa Claus, performing stand-up comedy and drawing circular objects. His dream is to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Michael is a former features editor for Fly; he left in 2015.

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