ACL Fest Interviews

ACL Fest Interviews

Spoon

Sunday 5:30pm, Bank of America stage
It's been two years since the moonlight was killed, and Spoon fans are starving for a second (or fifth, if you're counting) helping. A meticulous songwriter, Austin's Britt Daniel is not one to rush things. He's been writing the current indie rock opus for years.

"I ended up going through a lot of songs and working on them and then tossing a lot, which I'll either come back to later or maybe just never," Daniel admits about the aged tracks. "I got to the point where I just couldn't think about certain songs anymore."

Daniel is in the midst of a lyrically driven disc that's almost sure to garner more acclaim than both Girls Can Tell and Kill the Moonlight, Merge's first two Spoon releases. Cues taken from ex-Austinites and good friends the Fiery Furnaces might have something to do with it.

"[The Furnaces] have made a good impression on me," he laughs. "It's funny knowing people that make really good records. It helps convince me that I can do similar things.

"I never was very comfortable doing lyrics, but some of the best lyrical records I've heard in the last few years – the Bright Eyes records or Fiery Furnaces records – the fact that I knew them personally even before they were making those records; I think it just sunk in."

In between Spoon tours as well as a few short solo jaunts, Daniel has been concentrating on those elusive lyrics.

"It's not that they're more personal," Daniel says. "It's just that I actually decided to have fun with it rather than fret."

Do bassist Joshua Zarbo and drummer Jim Eno ease the songwriting pressure?

"The more that it's a band thing, the more it's out of my hands. But a lot of it is me. I do the basic songwriting, and then how we perform it as a band is kind of negotiable."

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Spoon, Britt Daniel, Girls Can Tell, Kill the Moonlight, Josh Zarbo, Jim Eno

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