Spoon Talk Hot Thoughts

Spoon - 100 Club, London - photo by Craig Smith

In a whirlwind European promotional tour leading up to the release of their ninth album Hot Thoughts, that had them play an intimate show at the 100 Club in London before setting their sights on Australia for shows in Melbourne and Sydney, Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel found time to sit down with Chris Berkley of Static to talk about all things new and hot.

Does Australia feel like a home away from home right now?

B: It does a bit. This is my seventh time here, and I was in Melbourne for a month in 2015 where I started writing the songs on this new album.… Read the rest

Removing The Spoon — Britt Daniel On Divine Fits

Divine Fits may be an unfamiliar name, but the people behind it no doubt lurk in your record collection under their original outfits. Better known Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade, and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks, Divine Fits is the band du jour for these gentlemen and A Thing Called Divine Fits is their first full length record. Speaking to Chris Berkley from Static, Britt Daniel talks about how Divine Fits came together, the recording of the album and adjusting to life in a new outfit.

Have you been introducing yourself as Britt Daniel from Divine Fits to people and strangers in the street?Read the rest

Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits

Divine Fits
A Thing Called Divine Fits
Merge
★★★★★★★★½☆

The concept of the ‘supergroup’ is relative and often abused. The formation itself is prone to suspicion, akin to selling out your bandmates in favour of some fresh thrills. Often it’s the point in a band’s career when the chief songwriter hits a stalemate or a stale state — ie: the last record didn’t do so well. Could you point that finger in the direction of anybody in Divine Fits? Perhaps, but I wouldn’t succumb to that kind of Transference.

Divine Fits is comprised of Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade, and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks.… Read the rest

Spoon In Australia – Talking Ga Ga With Jim Eno

Indie rock stalwarts Spoon reached a commercial high point last year with their phenomenal sixth album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. It was a long time coming for this Austin, Texas quartet, having gone through the major label highs and lows and then finding a permanent home with Merge Records while steadily releasing albums of increasing quality Heading over to Australia to play the Big Day Out, Static’s Chris Berkley caught up with drummer/producer and all-round good guy, Jim Eno.

All this Australian touring for Spoon comes on the back of what was another pretty busy year in the States for you guys, right?Read the rest

Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

It’s almost an established fact that once a band hits album number 4 or 5 they’re practically running on empty. Creative juices have all but dried up, different directions are attempted, band friction comes to the fore and as the years go by each new release just isn’t a patch on former glories.

There are of course, the anomalies, the bands who seem to have an inverse relationship to this theory. Spoon, thankfully, happen to be one of those bands. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (to be said quickly) is album number 6 from this Austin, Texas (now Portland, Oregon) quintet and all-round faux punx/gentlemen dudes.… Read the rest