The same can be said about the band's
sound. Spoon has evolved from the sneering, angular punk heard on
their '96 Matador debut to the more traditional Beatle-esque songcraft
of '01's Girls Can Tell, to the keyboard-driven minimalism
of '02's Kill the Moonlight. It all comes together on the
dark, theatrical Gimme Fiction, released in May on Merge
Records, perhaps Spoon's most thought-out collection of late-night
"We head in a different direction when we go into every record,"
Daniel said. "You work on each song individually, but it isn't
until you put them in a row that you get a feeling of what the album
Despite growing both creatively and commercially, little else has
changed for the band. Sure, the venues are bigger now and they're
riding from gig to gig in a tour bus instead of a van, but Daniel
says that's about all that's different. "I don't feel like
I've changed that much. I'm still doing music for the same reasons
I did when we started."
Even his Omaha gigs have a similarity to them. Back in April 2001,
Spoon opened for Saddle Creek's The Good Life. Friday they'll be
opening for Saddle Creek's Bright Eyes, the only date on Spoon's
current tour that they're not headlining.
"I've actually been a member of Bright Eyes," Daniel
said, adding that his connections to Omaha go way back. "For
a number of years I would make stops in Omaha just because I like
the town and wanted to catch up with the people there. I'm looking
forward to getting back."
Published in The Omaha Reader Nov. 9, 2005.
Copyright © 2005 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.