Member of the four-piece rock band The Struts, Gethin joined the band in 2012 after replacing their former drummer. Gethin is originally from Wales, whereas The Struts originated out of Derby, Derbyshire. The band also consists of vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, and bassist Jed Elliott.
A UK-bred band full of reckless swagger and hugely catchy hooks, The Struts are returning the sweet and dirty spirit of glam to modern rock ‘n’ roll. Having already taken Europe by storm with such feats as opening for the Rolling Stones before a crowd of 80,000 in Paris, the newly L.A.-based four-piece is now breaking through to American audiences with their exhilarating debut EP Have You Heard.
They may seem to have stepped straight out of the 70s, but as proven on lead single “Could Have Been Me” (a thrillingly anthemic track that’s racked up more than two million plays on Spotify and shot to the top ten on Modern Rock radio charts), The Struts fuel their high-powered sound with an urgency that’s entirely of the moment.
Largely on the strength of their electrifying live show, The Struts fast built a major following and started selling out shows all across Europe. Along with landing the Stade de France gig with the Rolling Stones, the band took the stage at the 2014 Isle of Wight Festival with Spiller decked out in a shimmering-blue cape custom-made for him by Zandra Rhodes (the legendary designer who formerly created costumes for Queen’s Freddie Mercury and Brian May). In the meantime, the Struts kept on honing their songcraft and developing new material, forging a sound that gives a nod to their glam roots and ultimately revamps the genre for a whole new era. “It’s cool to think of kids hearing this kind of music for the first time, and then going back and getting into that same rock ‘n’ roll that we fell in love with,” notes Slack.
Now at work on following up Have You Heard with a full-length album, The Struts are also in the midst of their first stateside tour, having added more dates and upgraded to bigger venues in response to their rapidly growing fanbase. As in the studio, the band aims to infuse their live performance with plenty of passion and flash. “We’re not afraid to go out there and really put on a show, get everyone in the crowd involved,” says Slack. And in that building that connection, The Struts aspire for nothing less than blissed-out transcendence. “I don’t see any other point of going to a rock show than to really get into the music and lose your inhibitions,” says Spiller. “When we’re up onstage we try to bear that in mind, to push the audience and get up close with them and challenge any self-consciousness they might be feeling. We want to do what we can so that everyone can let go and just have a great time.”
On tour now! Check their website for dates.