A lot has happened in the eleven months since The Struts last visited Sacramento. After opening for the Foo Fighters at a handful of dates during the Foo’s Concrete and Gold tour, The Struts gave a standout performance at Napa County’s Bottle Rock Festival, embarked on a grueling summer/fall tour across the United States, and most recently released their second studio album, Young And Dangerous.
With Young And Dangerous being acclaimed by critics and fans alike, it’s no wonder their latest appearance at Sacramento’s Ace Of Spades was sold out almost immediately. Fans were lined up around the block on this cold Sunday night to experience the nonstop energy of The Struts, and to get acquainted with Seattle’s all-girl, all-rock quartet, Thunderpussy.
Thunderpussy’s set that started the evening confirmed that girl bands kick ass, plain and simple. Lead singer Molly Sides gyrated around the stage for the entirety of the bands’ 45 minute set, a glittery drum majorette with a massive voice. Whitney Petty delivered some seriously screaming guitar licks while Leah Julius (bass), and Ruby Dunphy (drums), held it all together with solid, steady beats. Thunderpussy delivered everything the fans came for, and more.
The Struts hit the stage before the energy of the crowd had a chance to die down, then took it up another notch or two, and kept it there. Luke Spiller (vocals) never fails to entertain, and the audience loved his antics. Appearing in fringed leather, then sequins, and eventually a shimmering top hat, he kept the capacity crowd engaged from start to finish. Guitarist Adam Slack, bass player Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies still shine on their own alongside Spiller’s larger-than-life persona, giving it their musical all. They may not be as flamboyant, but all four members of The Struts know how to play to their fans.
The night was filled with sing-alongs and audience participation, including a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark, complete with a young lady to dance and sing with Spiller, ala Courtney Cox in the Springsteen video from 1984. After 90 minutes, a few costume changes, and a lengthy encore, the crowd made their way out to the November night, and The Struts undoubtedly headed out for the next stop on the tour. If they make it to your town, you’ll want to be there.