The Struts have shared their scorching new single ‘I Hate How Much I Want You,’ an explosive collaboration with Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and Joe Elliott. The stadium-sized anthem is the latest single from The Struts’ third album Strange Days, due out via Interscope Records on October 16. Listen to ‘I Hate How Much I Want You’ here.
A tale of love lost and maddening lust, ‘I Hate How Much I Want You’ finds Struts frontman Luke Spiller trading throat-shredding vocals with Elliott to magnificent effect. Meanwhile, Collen unleashes his notoriously ferocious guitar work, a perfect counterpart to the track’s swaggering groove, thunderous drumming, and shout-along-ready chorus.
“I loved the sound of The Struts since the moment I first heard them so it gives me great pleasure that Luke and the boys asked myself and Joe to participate in some mutual, mischievous, explosive rowdiness,” says Phil Collen.
“When Luke called me up and asked if I fancied lending my voice to The Struts new album I said yes before I even knew what he wanted,” says Joe Elliott. “I’ve been a massive fan of the band since I first heard them so it’s not just a pleasure, it’s an honour to be part of this ‘born in Covid’ album, and what a song! Makes me feel like a kid again every time I hear it!”
Spiller adds, “Phil and Joe really gave the song so much personality to the point it sounds like a timeless glam rock stomper that your mum sang along to in the 70’s.”
With its high-voltage energy and massively catchy hook, ‘I Hate How Much I Want You’ is just one of several songs on Strange Days graced with an appearance from rock-and-roll royalty — an organic turn of events for a band who opened for The Rolling Stones before they’d even put out their first album.
On lead single ‘Another Hit of Showmanship’ (released in August), The Struts teamed up with Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes, who adorned the song with his stunning guitar work. The majestic follow-up single ‘Strange Days’ features the unforgettable vocals of incomparable pop legend Robbie Williams, and is currently riding high on the Radio 2 playlist.
Meanwhile on ‘Wild Child,’ Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello joins Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies for a fierce and filthy anthem that marks their heaviest track to date.
The follow-up to The Struts’ acclaimed 2018 album YOUNG & DANGEROUS, Strange Days came to life over the course of a charmed and frenzied burst of creativity last spring. After getting tested for COVID-19, the band all moved into the Los Angeles home of producer Jon Levine and immediately set to work. Within just ten days of couch-crashing at Levine’s house, The Struts had laid down nine original tracks and a masterful cover of a KISS B-side: a lean, mean body of work that amounts to their most glorious output to date.
Mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Panic! At the Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Johnny Marr), the result is a powerhouse album that lifts The Struts’ glammed-up breed of modern rock to entirely new and wildly thrilling heights.