The Struts have released their stunning new single “Strange Days” which features the incomparable pop legend Robbie Williams.
The Struts have released their stunning new single “Strange Days” which features the incomparable pop legend Robbie Williams. It received its world exclusive first play today on BBC Radio 2 and is the title track from the band’s upcoming third album out October 16th on Interscope Records.
“I was doing Quarantine Radio and Robbie hit me up out of the blue asking if we could talk,” explains Spiller, referring to the Instagram Live show launched by The Struts in the early days of lockdown. “We ended up Face-Timing for about two hours the first time we’d ever spoken, talking about life and music and UFOs and everything else you can think of. I asked if he’d like to work together at some point, and while we were making the album, he graciously let us come over and record him singing on his front porch.”
Robbie Williams notes, “We did a vocal for a wonderful song that has been gifted my way. It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to listen to this man sing. It’s great to be a fan of someone and then a part of this recording. It’s like having a hero here and I genuinely mean that.”
The new single follows last week’s surprise release of the track “Another Hit of Showmanship,” which features Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes and centers on another poignant vocal performance from Spiller, who deftly channels the tension between giving in to temptation and rising above your demons.
These two tracks are just some of the spectacular delights on offer on the Strange Days album. In an organic turn of events for a band massively embraced by some of rock-and-roll history’s greatest icons—a feat that’s included opening for The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses—Strange Days finds The Struts joining forces with not only Robbie Williams and Albert Hammond Jr, but also Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and Phil Collen on the hip-shaking stomper “I Hate How Much I Want You.”
The band’s heaviest track to date, the fierce and filthy anthem “Wild Child,” the four-piece of Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies, are super-charged by the blistering guitar work of Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello.
Elsewhere the explosive “All Dressed Up (With Nowhere To Go)” unfolds in snarling power chords and exquisitely cheeky lyrics while the beautifully weary “Burn It Down,” finds The Struts slipping into a bittersweet mood, serving up a slow-burning ballad that sounds straight from the sessions for Exile on Main St. The sole cover song on Strange Days, “Do You Love Me” sees The Struts updating a fantastically sleazy track first recorded by KISS in 1976.
The Strange Days album came to life over the course of a charmed and frenzied burst of creativity this spring. After getting tested for COVID-19, the band all moved into the Los Angeles home of Jon Levine, a producer who worked extensively on their acclaimed sophomore album YOUNG & DANGEROUS. Within just ten days of couch-crashing at Levine’s house, The Struts had laid down nine original tracks alongside their masterful cover of a KISS B-side: a lean, mean body of work that amounts to their most glorious output to date.
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