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The Struts bring retro rock and a swagger to Napa

The StrutsBy Norm de Veyra //

The Struts //
Napa Valley Opera House – Napa, CA
May 28th, 2016 //

UK four-piece The Struts seem prime for an explosive 2016 if their rousing performances last weekend surrounding BottleRock Napa Valley were any indication.

Led by their dynamic and charismatic frontman Luke Spiller, the band took the stage at the Napa Valley Opera House this past Saturday for a sold-out, late-night show and laid down an hour-long set of retro-cool, over-the-top rock ‘n’ roll that delighted the enthusiastic crowd.

The Struts

As The Struts blazed through several of their massive singalongs from their debut album Everybody Wants, the audience couldn’t help but feed off the high energy and attitude from Spiller. His style and swagger most definitely hearken back to a different time and space in popular music — and that’s a positive.

For many inside the venue, it was their second viewing of the band that day as the late-night show capped off a buzz-worthy BottleRock debut at the three-day music festival hours earlier. After experiencing their live show for the first time, it’s tough to imagine a group with such a sheer amount of swagger, energy and fun NOT becoming your next favorite band. It’s word of mouth that just may endanger The Struts’ “under-the-radar” status now.

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