ACL Fest Interviews
SpoonSunday 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."