The Struts have just released their first new music in over a year, and the result – “Another Hit of Showmanship” – is well worth the wait. The British group joined forces with The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr., who delivers plenty of fiery guitar licks to the driving track. You can check it out below.
Helmed by Jon Levine, who co-produced the group’s 2018 sophomore record, Young & Dangerous, “Another Hit of Showmanship” features a stellar vocal performance from singer Luke Spiller, whose urgent vocals capture the tension between giving in to temptation and rising above it.
After The Struts recorded an initial version of the song, they knew it needed a little extra something. Spiller immediately thought of Hammond, who the group had toured with two years ago.
“‘Another Hit of Showmanship’ reminds me of being at a club night called Ramshackle years ago at the O2 Academy in Bristol, where they’d play bands like The Libertines and Razorlight and Scissor Sisters, and of course The Strokes,” said Spiller in a statement. “I hit up Albert out of the blue and told him, ‘We’ve got this song, and I’m so excited to see what you would do with it.’ As soon as he got his hands on it, he took it to a whole different level – it really just shows why he’s so brilliant at what he does.”
The Struts’ latest release follows 2018’s Young & Dangerous, as well as two covers, released as standalone singles in 2019: “Dancing In the Street” (originally made famous in 1964 by Martha and the Vandellas) and “Pegasus Seiya” (the theme song to the 80s anime series Saint Seiya, by the Japanese metal band Make-Up).
Earlier this month, the group played two drive-in concerts in Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia’s “Live-in/Drive-in” series. Taking place at Citizens Bank Park, home to the Phillies baseball team, “Live-In/Drive-In” will run through September, with upcoming appearances from Smith & Meyers, Lotus, Dark Star Orchestra, and Michael Blackson & Friends with special guest DJ Jazzy Jeff.