“I knew for the first time that people were paying attention and that probably made me a lot more picky, which made the songs take longer,” Britt Daniel tells NPR. “It was the hardest album we’d done.”
One of indie rock’s persistent slow burners, Spoon has been cranking out tongue-popping alt-rock for the past 20 years. Upon meeting in Austin, Texas, rockabilly band The Alien Beats, vocalist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno decided to try their hand at avant-garde rock tailored for the masses. The quartet’s appearance at Metro on June 25, 2004, followed the coattails of the release of their acclaimed fifth album, Gimme Fiction. With the new release, Spoon began to push their pulsing piano ballads and spotlight-seizing guitar into new, bare-bones territory. Featuring the foot-stomping single “I Turn My Camera On” and groove-dusting “I Summon You,” Spoon managed to reinvent themselves while remaining the indie rock stalwarts we all wanted to hear.
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