The Struts

First Fleet Concerts Presents:

The Struts

The Glorious Sons, JJ Wilde

Mon, July 15, 2019

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Water Works Park Amphitheater

Des Moines, IA

$25.00 - $30.00

This event is all ages

The Struts
The Struts
In just a few years, The Struts have found themselves massivelyembraced by some of the greatesticons in rock-and-roll history. Along with opening for The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses, the U.K.-bred four-piecewas hand-picked by Mötley Crüe to serve as the supporting act for their last-ever performances, while Dave Grohl praised them as the best band to ever open for Foo Fighters. After makingtheir full-length debut with2016’s Everybody Wants, The Struts now return with YOUNG&DANGEROUS —a sophomore album that cements their status as one of the most unstoppablypassionateand endlessly thrillingbands making rock music today.On YOUNG&DANGEROUS, The Struts let loose withthe sing-along-readyand riff-heavysound they’ve brought to stadiums and arenas all around the world. Working with producers like Butch Walker (Weezer, Panic! At the Disco)andSam Hollander (Fitz and the Tantrums, Neon Trees), the band adorns that sound with deeper grooves and more inventivetextures, dreaming up a majesticglam-rock revampthat’s unabashedlyfun but full of pure heart.The lead single from YOUNG&DANGEROUS, “Body Talks” brings that dynamic to a blues-spiked track capturing what Spiller calls “that moment when you mosey on over to someone on the dancefloor,and the music’s blaring so loud you can’t even talk to each other.” In creating an alternate version of “Body Talks,” The Struts amped upthe song’s seductive power by enlisting Kesha to lend her soulful growltoa fiery duet with Spiller.The Struts also infuse some social commentary into YOUNG&DANGEROUS sending upselfie culture on the falsetto-laced epic “In Love With ACamera,” taking on trolls with the swampy and smoldering “Bulletproof Baby,” andponderingidentitywiththesweetly melodic “Who Am I.”Andfor the soaring and glorious “Primadonna Like Me,” The Struts brilliantly turn the lens on themselves. “It was written aboutmy stage character, my alter ego,’” notesSpiller. “It’s this completely deluded guy running around his small town, all dressed to the nines—a full-on 21stcentury dandy going around saying, ‘Don’t you know who I think I am?’”Formed in Derby, England, in 2012,The Struts almost instantlydrewa major following withtheir outrageouslive show,and later made their debut with Have You Heard(a 2015 EP whose lead single “Could Have Been Me” hit #1 on Spotify’s viral chart).Before they’d even put outtheirfirst album, the band opened for The Rolling Stones before a crowd of 80,000 in Parisand toured the U.S. on a string of sold-out shows.Known for his lovablyswaggering stage presence—the very factorthat gave The Struts their name—Spiller sooninspired legendary designers like former Queen costumerZandra Rhodesto custom-create his lavish and glittering onstage attire.As the frontman points out, thatheightened element ofspectacle is all a part of the band’s mission of making an unforgettable impacton the crowd. “We believe in givingour absolute all every night, because that’s what our fans deserve,” he says. “The goalisalwaysto get everyone dancing and screaming and shouting, and to make sure they leave dripping in sweat with huge smiles on their faces.”With the release of YOUNG&DANGEROUS, The Struts have undoubtedly metanother of their main ambitions as a band. “One of the things we most want to do with our music is inspire young people to pick up a guitar again,” says Spiller. “We live in a time that’s very muchdominated by hip-hop and dance music, and that’s a great thing, but we want to give the world a bigreminder that there’s somethingelse going on out there. This album isour way of saying, ‘If you feel a little out of place, there’s always an electric guitar—and justlook at what you can do with it.’”
The Glorious Sons
The Glorious Sons
There is a mechanic shop in the heart of industrial Kingston. It stands in the corner of a dead end surrounded by dead trees and mangy strays of all kinds. There, lies their dream; In each graceless poster covering the walls, in the stained carpet beneath their feet, in the empty cases of Pabst that jingle to the vibration of their melodies. They are The Glorious Sons, a Canadian rock band, defined by their music and inspired by the day to day grind. They are the everyman band, with a passion for portraying the lost romance of liquor, women and rock and roll.

The band was formed eighteen months ago as a four piece and was quickly changed to a five piece with the addition of lead singer Brett Emmons. The band is made up of of Jay on the lead guitar, Adam on the drums, Andrew on guitar and vocals and Chris on the bass and Brett on keyboard and lead vocals. Using the money they earned from the first few months of shows, The Sons recorded their first demo with talented Sound Engineer Duncan Holt.

On a whim, Adam Paquette entered the tunes into the Whiskey Rocks Showdown, which consisted of over seventy Ontario bands. Rigorous voting by their extremely loyal friends, family and fans, allowed the band to make the top three, which sent them Barrie to compete against two other groups in a live showcase. Members of The Trews, John Angus Macdonald, and Jack Spyrek judged the event. The boys proved victorious in front of their heroes. The prize package was worth five thousand dollars but the real kicker came when John Angus approached the band and expressed interest in working with them. John Angus, who became their producer, took the boys to Newmarket and they recorded their first single "Mama", with highly recommended Engineer, Nick Detorro. Both Detorro and John Angus would both work on the rest of their Ep.

After a strong winter of playing shows in Toronto and Kingston, the band was united with inspired manager, and "sixth member of the band", Jordan Howard. He had the work ethic and ambition that the band needed in a leader. Howard worked closely with John Angus and others, and advised the boys to enter the highly acclaimed competition, Rocksearch, hosted by 97.7 Hitz Fm. The Sons beat out hundreds of bands across Ontario and won the event, just as The Trews had done10 years earlier. The prize package for winning was worth over 15,000 dollars. But the chance to open for Finger Eleven, The Trews, The Poor Young Things and Gloryhound at the Biggs and Barr BBQ , not to mention that their single was to be played in regular rotation on 97.7 HTZ FM, proved to outweigh the money. They played a strong show in front of thousands of fans and it was by far their biggest show to date. Two days later, the single boomed to #1 in the first week, causing an onslaught of support in the Niagara- St Catherines region. Money has proved useless compared to the support that they have gained from personalities in the industry.

The future for the band is bright. Their first EP will be released in September and they are beginning to gain fan support across Canada and will be touring the east coast come the fall. The band currently resides in Kingston and they continue to jam atop the mechanic shop where they began. They continue to write songs and play as often as possible. As their dreams become a reality, they still understand the importance of keeping their lives afloat. They continue to wake early in the morning for the daily grind and at five pm, you can count on that old Nissan truck pulling into the lot, followed by three others. Five men will get out; make their way to the corner of Jay's house and united by their goals and day to day lives, they will continue to preach the lost romance of liquor, women and rock and roll.
Venue Information:
Water Works Park Amphitheater
2201 George Flagg Pkwy
Des Moines, IA, 50321