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The Struts set for BT City Square

  • 25 November 2013 10:39
  • Posted by @dclayton_mcfc

A new band well worth keeping an eye on, The Struts also have a lead singer who is City fan - and you'll be able to catch them at City Square this Wednesday.

Luke Spiller doesn’t profess to be a lifelong City fan, but he’s putting the hours in.

He started following the Sky Blues fairly recently in the grand scheme of things – 2008 to be precise – but it was a while before the trophy-less years ended so he wasn’t attracted by the Hollywood glamour, shall we say.

His path to becoming a City supporter is a little different, too – like the Derby-based band who are tipped for big things in the near future. So, how did it all happen, being from Derby and all…?

“I’m not from Derby, either,” laughs Luke. “The plot thickens! I’m actually a Bristolian. I’ve always loved football and have played and watched the game all my life but I never really had a team as such.

“I went to a few Bristol City games as a kid and went to watch them once at the Millennium Stadium but I never classed myself as a Bristol City fan as such. Then, when I started writing songs with Adam who is the guitarist in the band and a massive Aston Villa fan, he would ask me when I was going to actually support a team when we watched Match of the Day or live games.

"I hadn’t given it much thought in all honesty and then I was watching City play Arsenal and Emmanuel Adebayor scored and ran to celebrate in front of the away fans and I just thought, yeah, that’s my team.

“It may sound a bit odd but I was a fan of Manchester itself and the bands and individuals that have come from the city who I admire and look up to that becoming a City fan seemed like a natural thing to do. In a day and age where the Internet, mobiles and apps are the order of the day, you can keep up to date and follow your team from anywhere in the world.

“We’re just really starting out so money’s a bit thin on the ground and I can barely afford to buy the weekly shopping never mind match tickets so I have to support from a distance at the moment.”

That may not be the case forever. The band may be just making their way but there’s a definite sprinkling of stardust about the four-piece rock band that sets them aside from other hopefuls. Luke looks and sounds like he was born for the music business and with the right breaks, they could make a more then decent career for themselves.

“The problem with our band is we’re a bit different from anything else that’s out there at the moment,” continued Luke. “

We haven’t latched on to any particular movement or scene so we’re completely out here on our own at present. We’ve been trying to put on great gigs around the country to build up a following and over the past four months are fanbase is growing and we’re getting there, gradually. These are really exciting times for the band.

“I've recorded an album with Mike Oldfield as well, which is really exciting. He was planning to use various vocalists for a project he’s working on and I went along to try out for a spot and got a call a week later saying he wanted to use me on the whole album.

“We will play City Square before the Plzen game and we’re all up for it and if we can get a few City fans following us so much the better.”

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