The Struts Lon­don Camden Elec­tric Ball­room

Bri­tish rock’n’rollers bring some class-A fun back to north Lon­don.

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Hav­ing ‘done Amer­ica’ over the past year, the most sparkling feel-good four­some to emerge from the UK since The Dark­ness re­turn to en­ter­tain a de­lighted home au­di­ence. It might be a Mon­day night, but there’s a set-list of solid-gold win­ners on of­fer – and an au­di­ence that knows the words to all of them.

Front­man Luke Spiller is a glit­ter­ing (lit­er­ally) tor­nado of jazz hands, note-per­fect per­for­mance and ev­i­dent rev­er­ence for Queen that goes way deeper than Bo­hemian Rhap­sody. The echoes of Mer­cury, May and co. aren’t just in Spiller, ei­ther, but also in gui­tarist Adam Slack’s singing, elec­tri­fied chops.

Not that it’s all glam and 70s/80s homag­ing

– there’s a huge sense of prime-cut Brit­pop in what The Struts do (no sur­prises that they’re fans of Oa­sis and Su­per­grass). We even get a rather good cover of Oa­sis’s Su­per­sonic.

Two new songs sug­gests they’ve got plenty more goods in the can: Who Am I? is dancey yet soul­ful, while Pri­madonna is the ir­re­sistible love child of Start! by The Jam and the Rolling Stones’ Brown Su­gar.

They’ll sup­port the lat­ter in Europe just days af­ter this show, be­fore join­ing the Foo Fight­ers on tour in the US.

It’s all go­ing very well for The Struts, ba­si­cally, and as the night ca­reers to a close with a glee­ful sin­ga­long of Where Did She Go, we can’t help think­ing how much they de­serve it all.

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