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Getting the scoop on Spoon's new album

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Spoon fans were kept waiting for its next helping from the Austin, Texas rockers.

The group took four years between "Transference" and the new "They Want My Soul," which came out in August. The various band members had other projects going on at the time -- frontman Britt Daniel and new keyboardist Alex Fischel were particularly high profile with their other band, Divine Fits -- but there were no concerns about whether or not Spoon would surface again.

"There was never that discussion," says drummer and co-founder Jim Eno. "I always knew we were going to come back at some point, when we were ready. The break was really needed; If you look at it, we had been writing, recording, touring for seven records straight, with pretty much no breaks, so it was just time to step away.

"I think Britt started freeing up from Divine Fits and we started putting dates on the calendar, like, 'Let's start doing rehearsals.' And once we started getting the songs together it was, 'OK, looks like it's time to start booking some recording time...' "

Eno adds there was a benefit to the hiatus. "Yeah, I feel like we were invigorated and confidence," says Eno, 48. "For me, once I started hearing the songs, I was like, 'This is gonna be a really good record.' "

"They Want My Soul" debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, tying its predecessor for Spoon's highest chart bow ever. And while all is hunky dory in the band, Eno won't promise that there won't be another break after this album cycle ends.

"It's hard to say," Eno notes. "I'm sure Britt and Alex will do another Divine Fits record. If that happens we're probably not going to do another Spoon record for two years, but we'll see how it goes.

"We never have any songs when we go in, usually, but there are a few things I feel we would bring back to the table next time. There's some I would say are 50 percent there, so it's nice to have that in our pocket."

Spoon and Hamilton Leithauser

Sunday, Sept. 14. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show

Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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