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Spoon discusses new album with NPR

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 5, 2014

Austin rock band Spoon’s new record, “They Want My Soul,” is due out Aug. 5 on Loma Vista Recordings. The album was recorded in Fredonia, N.Y., with producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT, OK Go, Tame Impala).

This morning, NPR posted an interview band members Britt Daniel and Jim Eno did with Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton of “All Songs Considered.” Full audio of the interview is available here, along with some text excerpts.

Among the highlights is this quote from Daniel in which he looks back on the band’s 20-year run: “When we started out, I had never been in a band that was successful enough to have weekend gigs in Austin. And so our big thing was, ‘Let’s get a live show together that’s good enough to play at the Hole in the Wall on Friday night.’ So that first year, year and a half worth of songs is all sort of bar band. Play as fast and loud as we could so that we could get people to come out and see us. And then later we got in a position where we could actually make records. And so then we started thinking about writing songs and recording songs in a different way. I really feel like the sound of the band kind of started to come together on our second album, and really came together on the third one with Girls Can Tell.”

(Correction: An earlier version of this story stated a different record label for the release. Loma Vista was founded in 2o12 as a joint venture with Republic Records.)