DERBY four-piece The Struts are making waves in the music industry for more than one reason.

Not only are they bringing Glam Rock back in the 21st century, they opted to put their main focus on America and have been called the greatest band to ever support Foo Fighters by Dave Grohl himself.

The rockers have just released their second album and are embarking on a tour of the UK for the first time in five years.

Although no strangers to touring, the show’s are likely to be a bit different to what they’re used to.

In total, The Struts have played in 44 of the American states.

“It wasn’t a conscious choice to go to America, it was that fork in the road really”, guitarist Adam explains.

“We had just left our management over here, on the verge of getting dropped and then out of nowhere we managed to find another management who thought

‘You know what? Sod it. Come to America because I think this music is gonna do well there’, and yeah, we literally just said “How high? We’ll jump it?”

“We spent the majority of the last three-years there which I think a lot of bands don’t do, and we have played in Corpus Christi Texas, Tuscaloosa Alabama, Mobile, and Des Moines Iowa, Little Rock Arkansas.

“You know, not many UK bands probably do those places but we just said yes to everything.

“The fork in the road, none of us spoke about it but we probably were going to break up if we got dropped because we didn’t live together, we lived miles away from each other in the UK and we had nothing really going for us so it was kind of like a last extra life that saved our career really.

Singer Luke adds: “I definitely would say that we had a very unconventional road to where we’ve got to at this point, and that’s kind of seeped it’s way into the music.

“I wouldn’t say it’s the most conventional rock album of 2018/2019 and I don’t think we’ve ever been that kind of band so our unconventional opportunities and the way that we’ve gone from A to B to C, has worked in our favour and suits us… in a strange way.”

With their long hair, sleeveless and/or tasselled jackets and a lot of leopard print, you would be forgiven for thinking The Struts conform to the Glam Rock genre.

But they are happy to concede to the fact that they are pushing boundaries when it comes to the expectations of British rock bands.

“I wouldn’t say it’s Glam Rock in the sense, like T-Rex and stuff like that”, Adam explains.

“I think it’s more the aesthetic, which is Glammy, and then the influences are there but it’s kind of a mixture of everything. We draw inspiration from T-Rex, and Slade, and Bowie, and there’s Queen, The Rolling Stones are in there, Oasis to a certain extent, Supergrass.

“So, it’s a real mixture, all the music that we love, but I suppose if you want to put it under an umbrella.

Luke adds: “I think Glam is a good label to stick on the group. First and foremost, the band has always been about pushing things forward, and that includes the kind of Glam genre. Adam’s right, like he said, the aesthetic visually is quite glam, sonically it’s not what people think as Glam, and you flip that on its head as well and the music is kind of like this melting pot of everything but we’re not carbon copies of Queen or The Stones or all these other band, and in terms of Rock music in general, we want to push things forward which is why we introduce a lot of different sounds into our music which we don’t really feel that people have done in quite a while or ever done before.

“Especially by a band anyway, I think”, adds the guitarist. “Putting different elements of different genres, like modern techniques of recording is what we find exciting because it’s pushing our music, in the sense of rock music in a different direction to just getting in a room and recording live like most bands do, which is great fun too we do that as well, but certain songs it’s just fun to try different elements that are more 2018/2019.”

Their second album Young and Dangerous was written on the road – where they spend the majority of their time.

Having been based in the US for the past three-years, the trio were able to work with a selection of producers that wouldn’t have otherwise been available.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing when it came to penning the difficult second album.

Luke says: “We were predominantly in the US and when the creative process started happening, we sort of had a few months where we were encouraged to go off and work with producers that had been highly recommended, and it was this tough road to go down because it basically led us to realise, okay this is not exactly what we wanna do, but it was important knowing what we didn’t want to do, if that makes sense?

“We started another page and coincidentally that page started to be written on when we started having to go out and play some shows.

“So, typically we would do like a two week, three week run and it would have maybe 10 days or so to write, record as close to a final product as possible, and it was everywhere.

“We wrote on both sides of the states, the UK, also Jersey, just off the south coast of England as well.

It was great. We’ve always gone back there and done stuff.”

All the time in America seems to have paid off for the band who managed to catch the eye of the rock God Dave Grohl.

The Struts spent time touring with the Foo Fighters and caught the eye of Grohl who went on to tell the whole world that they were “the best band to ever support the Foo Fighters.”

“He talks the talk and walks it as well, so we owe a lot to him and I’m sure further down in our career, that’s going to be quite a pivotal moment, that tour and what he’s said,” Luke adds.

The Struts will play the Garage in Sauchiehall Street on February 19.