The Struts Release New Acoustic Sessions, Take on Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ [Premiere]

For a band known for their explosive, high-octane rock shows and otherworldly stage presence, The Struts manage to tame their sound to perfection with these new vides featuring “Kiss This” and a combined cover of The Vaccines “I Always Knew” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling” — the latter may not make sense on paper, but the resulting track is an expert blend of the two. Stripped down to its bare acoustic elements, “Kiss This” beautifully showcases lead singer Luke Spiller’s dynamic vocals and the band’s accompanying harmonies. On selecting the covers, Spiller said, “These are two songs I always really enjoyed. I did a piano version of “I Always Knew” a few years ago and then started playing “Hotline Bling” under the same chord structure. The results are really interesting.”

Watch both videos here, and be sure to catch them on their next tour! Dates are listed below, and you can grab your tickets here.

Filmed by Joe Lumbroso, Eric Horn, Jesse Rosenberg
Recorded and Mixed by Jason Agel
Director of Photography: Joe Lumbroso
Editor: Martin Petraitis
Producer: Jon Lurie
Production Assistants: Michael Kendall, Matt Mansfield
Associate Producers: Lily Rothman
Executive Producers: Eric Weiner, Jon Lurie
Co-Executive Producers: Dan Gross, Lauren McKinney

Tour Dates

4/18 – Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
4/20 – Austin, TX @ Parish
4/21 – San Antonio, TX @ 10th Annual Siesta Fest
4/22 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
4/23 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
4/25 – Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack
4/26 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
4/27 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre
5/02 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
5/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave III (Downstairs)
5/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
5/09 – Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s
5/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
5/12 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva
5/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Hell Stage
5/15 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
5/17 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
5/18 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
7/14 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
7/21 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
7/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
7/25 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
7/26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
8/01 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
8/02 – Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub
8/06 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

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