Spoon has announced that they will release their first album in four years entitled, They Want My Soul. The album will be released on August 5th, but the band’s front man Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno sat down with Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, the hosts of NPR’s All Songs Considered, to play a few tracks and talk about the stories behind the songs.
Spoon has been a band on the go, since their formation in Austin, TX in 1993. From 1996 forward, it seemed that there was a new Spoon album being released every other year. And, when the band wasn’t recording an album they were touring. It was a relentless pace that finally caught up with them after the release of Transference in 2010. The band members parted ways and went on an indefinite hiatus.
The four-year break enabled the band members to recharge their physical, mental, and creative batteries, and gave each an opportunity to explore other career ventures. Britt Daniel formed a new band, Divine Fits, and released an album called, A Thing Called Divine Fits. Jim Eno immersed himself in music production at (his) Hi Fi Public Studio in Austin, TX. Rob Pope, Spoon’s bassist, opened a bar. And, multi-instrumentalist Eric Harvey went solo, releasing an album called, Lake Disappointment, according to NPR.
“When we got back together, I felt that that break was a good thing. And we were all excited about playing again,” said Britt Daniel to NPR of the band’s reunion.
The result of that excitement is They Want My Soul. And, that break must have paid off, as drummer Jim Eno said to NPR, “I feel like I can hear we’re having fun.”
Hopefully Spoon fans will hear that, too, because They Want My Soul is “unmistakably a Spoon record, with bursts of precisely placed guitar noise and uncluttered, fantastically infectious grooves and melodies,” according to NPR. And, the full interview with Daniel and Eno is available here.