SPOON Everything new is old again.
by Chazz Madrigal


Sun July 13

Berbati's Pan

Texas has proven to be the gift that keeps on giving. Lone Star beer, comedic oil tycoons, ZZ Top--if you're from Texas, you have a pretty high standard to live up to.

Meeting high standards is something of a way of life to Britt Daniel, frontman for Austin, Texas-based rock band Spoon. Daniel's got to live up to his own reputation, his prowess as a songwriter having been solidified over the last nine years. Still, he's feeling good. "Overall? I feel better about being in this band than I did, in say, 1998. There are lots of different ways to judge success, and the thing that really freaks me out the most is will I be happy with it? Will [last year's] Kill the Moonlight be a great record that people want to come back to time and time again? That's the most important thing to me; on that level I feel our last three albums have been successful," Daniel observes.

Stripping down sound and reconstructing their sound on Kill the Moonlight, Spoon's use of drum machines, keyboards, beatbox loops, and understated guitar leave the music itself heavily reliant on Britt's voice, which is emotive without being annoying. Spoon stands out with a familiar resonance--enough to be enjoyable to your average listener--with the right amount of freshness and creative invention. This is refreshing at a time when music is the biggest tool in our revivalist culture.

"At this point, every thing is a 'new' something old," comments Daniel. I mean, when all this same stuff was being made in the '60s or the '70s, or even the '80s, it was just what it was. People were excited to find out about something that was breaking ground. Not to say that we've invented a whole new genre of music, but it seems weird--that's the focus."