The Struts are in top form on Pretty Vicious, brandishing their unapologetic rock spirit by delivering a record that embodies the raw, raucous essence of their live shows by infusing that arena-size energy into their most rip-roaring songs so far.
The Struts have never been a band to tiptoe around the music, they've always burst in with full-throttle rock anthems. It all started with their unforgettable track "Could've Been Me," which introduced us to their timeless rock sound. With their debut album, Everybody Wants, the British rockers solidified their reputation as a must-see live act, igniting stages with their larger-than-life performances.
Pretty Vicious is their fourth time at bat and their first release under the Big Machine/John Varvatos Records banner, and it just might be the home run they’ve been promising. The platinum-selling larger than life rockers, who've worked with a wide array of artists from Kesha to Tom Morello and opened for legends like the Rolling Stones and Foo Fighters (the latter hailing them as "the best opening band we've ever had"), seem to have finally found their groove. They've captured the untamed spirit of their live performances and translated it onto record.
Pretty Vicious was produced by the band with help from Julian Raymond, who’s produced artists as diverse as Glen Campbell and Cheap Trick, so he really knows his way around a melody. The result is a concentrated burst of energy, distilled into their most exciting songs to date. The lead single, "Too Good At Raising Hell," comes equipped with a Chris Applebaum-directed video, depicting the band's horn-adorned lead singer Luke Spiller contemplating the ramifications of a rock 'n' roll lifestyle. The song is powered by a driving chorus and swaggering guitars, offering the perfect gateway into the new album, which is packed with riotous, arena-ready tracks. Another gem is "Rockstar," a song that encapsulates their cheeky approach to rock. It tells the tale of a girl who radiates uncontainable energy, supported by massive vocals, thundering percussion, and layers of guitars. Frontman Spiller spits out lyrics like "'Cause she's the diamond of the season, the original sin, waiting for some action and the show to kick in," firing them out like a rock 'n' roll cannon.
Speaking on the album, Spiller notes, "This record showcases each individual member's strengths. It's some of my favorite music, hands down, we've ever conjured up. It's the record everyone's been waiting for."