The Struts have shared their new single “I Hate How Much I Want You,” an explosive collaboration with Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and Joe Elliott.
The stadium-sized anthem is the latest single from The Struts’ third album Strange Days, due out via Interscope Records on October 16. You can check the song out below.
A tale of love lost and maddening lust, “I Hate How Much I Want You” finds Struts frontman Luke Spiller trading throat-shredding vocals with Elliott to magnificent effect. Meanwhile, Collen unleashes his notoriously ferocious guitar work, a perfect counterpart to the track’s swaggering groove, thunderous drumming, and shout-along-ready chorus.
“I loved the sound of The Struts since the moment I first heard them so it gives me great pleasure that Luke and the boys asked myself and Joe to participate in some mutual, mischievous, explosive rowdiness,” says Phil Collen.
“When Luke called me up and asked if I fancied lending my voice to The Struts new album I said yes before I even knew what he wanted,” says Joe Elliott. “I’ve been a massive fan of the band since I first heard them so it’s not just a pleasure, it’s an honor to be part of this ‘born in Covid’ album, & what a song! Makes me feel like a kid again every time I hear it!”
Spiller adds, “Phil and Joe really gave the song so much personality to the point it sounds like a timeless glam rock stomper that your mum sang along to in the 70’s.”
With its high-voltage energy and catchy hook, “I Hate How Much I Want You” is just one of several songs on Strange Days graced with an appearance from rock-and-roll royalty — an organic turn of events for a band who opened for The Rolling Stones before they’d even put out their first album.
On the record’s lead single “Another Hit of Showmanship”, The Struts teamed up with Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes, who adorned the song with his memorable guitar work. Meanwhile, their follow-up single “Strange Days” features guest vocals from Robbie Williams. And on “Wild Child,” Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello joins Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies for a fierce and filthy anthem that marks their heaviest track to date.
The follow-up to The Struts’ acclaimed 2018 album YOUNG & DANGEROUS, Strange Days came to life over the course of a charmed and frenzied burst of creativity last spring. After getting tested for COVID-19, the band all moved into the Los Angeles home of producer Jon Levine and immediately set to work.
Within just ten days of couch-crashing at Levine’s house, The Struts had laid down nine original tracks and a masterful cover of a KISS B-side: a lean, mean body of work that amounts to their most glorious output to date. Mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Panic! At the Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Johnny Marr).
Strange Days is out on October 16 and can be pre-ordered here.