Stay­ing true to your­self isn’t al­ways easy – but it’s the only way to live, be­lieves THE STRUTS front­man LUKE SPILLER…

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“Ithink it’s built in ev­ery­body to just be them­selves, and to do what they want, but a lot of peo­ple are afraid to do that. I love it at our shows when I see peo­ple dress­ing up for the oc­ca­sion like it’s The Rocky Horror Pic­ture Show. I see ev­ery­one – of­fice work­ers, teenage girls, older women – let­ting go and all dressed up with glit­ter un­der their eyes. It makes me su­per proud, be­cause I’ve been in their shoes, and I try and stay true to mem­o­ries of be­ing at the school disco at eight years old and feel­ing too em­bar­rassed to dance, or the horror of my class­mates when I wanted to have my hair slicked back.

“It’s quite hi­lar­i­ous just how of­fended peo­ple get if your hair is a cer­tain length or you wear a cer­tain type of shirt. When I moved to Torquay for col­lege there were no rock clubs and ev­ery guy had a buz­z­cut and a pas­tel-coloured polo shirt. I was wear­ing clothes from vin­tage shops and e m had hair down to my nip­ples at the time, so e e I’d be in the toi­lets hav­ing a piss and peo­ple l a would come up be­hind me and pull my hair. Or I’d be hav­ing a great time dancing and a : sud­denly some guy would throw his drink over me be­cause they just couldn’t take that o h this long-haired ‘Lau­rence Llewe­lyn-bowen p prick’, as they used to call me, was dancing with a cute girl. “Now I wear my stripes with pride to pro­voke those peo­ple, and that’s what I would en­cour­age any­one to do: chal­lenge the stereo­type. Chal­lenge what peo­ple con­sider to be ‘nor­mal’ be­cause there are al­ways : peo­ple out there like you who are just a lit­tle bit too afraid to do what you do, so you have to be strong in or­der to in­spire that change. If you sin­cerely be­lieve in what you’re do­ing then that will at­tract like-minded peo­ple be­cause that tran­scends any fash­ion or trend. The right thing for you isn’t al­ways the eas­i­est, but the only way to en­joy your­self is to be your­self and no-one should be ashamed of that.” THE STRUTS ’ al­bum YOUNG & DAN­GER­OUS IS OUT NOW VIA poly­dor. THE BAND TOUR THE UK IN FE­BRU­ARY – SEE THE GIG GUIDE FOR more in­for­ma­tion

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