The Struts | Unplugged At EastWest Review
by Griff Stevens
The Struts have released a stripped-down EP called Unplugged At EastWest. The bombastic British glam-rockers recorded the album at the legendary EastWest Studios in Los Angeles. The album features acoustic versions of some of the band’s biggest hits and a few new tracks and covers. The Struts are lead vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies. The band is notorious for their onstage swagger, and they have opened for The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, and Guns N’ Roses, played Lollapalooza and Governors Ball, as well as headlining their own worldwide tours. Now, signed to Big Machine Label Group, the rockers are indeed heading for an up trajectory.
“Fallin’ With Me” gives a good listen to Spiller’s vocals. He sings with much energy and control, especially considering this is a live recording. Slack’s guitar is hard to hear in the mix. However, the backing vocals add support as the band’s dynamic character still comes through, even in this acoustic setting.
“Supersonic” focuses on frontman Spiller’s dynamic vocals and the stripped-down arrangement that highlights their instrumental parts in a new way. The Struts’ vocal harmonies are tight, and hearing them in this setting shows how strong of a band they are as a unit.
The Struts are stripping down to the essential for their first Big Machine Label Group release, Unplugged At EastWest. The four songs are charming, and Spiller’s mesmerizing vocals are the highlight. Stripping down to the essentials means The Struts will only get bigger and badder from here, so don’t miss out on the ride.
Label: Big Machine Label Group
Release Date: February 24, 2023