Spoon is regarded as one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 21st century -- which makes catching the group on tour exciting for long-time friends and new listeners. The group is known for its live performances and rapport with fans.
The Texas rock band Spoon is embarking on a short world tour across the U.S. and Europe in support of their eighth album, They Want My Soul. The band has built up a reputation over their 21-year history of intense, emotive performances, and their fans certainly seem to feed off of this energy -- gigs often turn into mass sing-alongs. Alongside new material, the band plays fan favourites on their live tour, including songs such as "The Underdog" and "I Turn My Camera On."
In 2009, Spoon was awarded the title of Top Overall Artist of the Decade by the review aggregator site Metacritic, based on the consistently high scores their albums received from critics. Spoon owes part of this success to the vast number of TV shows and films that have included their music on the soundtrack; the band's work has appeared in shows like Shameless, The O.C., How I Met Your Mother, House, Cloverfield, and Scrubs.
Spoon has had an astonishing number of bassists throughout their career, with six different players handling the four-string -- Joshua Zarbo lasted the longest, with eight non-continuous years of service. Singer Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno are the only surviving founding members, who formed the band after playing together in The Alien Beats. The current line-up is augmented by bassist Rob Pope and keyboardist/guitarists Alex Fischel and Eric Harvey.
Spoon released two albums through independent labels before signing with the major label Elektra in 1998. However, they had to wait until 2002 before one of their releases sold enough to break onto the Billboard Top 100. Spoon began to receive a lot of attention when they released album four, Kill The Moonlight. TV shows started to use the singles from the record on their soundtracks, and Spoon was accordingly seen to be in rock's major league, with appearances on Letterman and festival circuits following.
Although Kill The Moonlight was Spoon's first major success, it was by no means their largest. The band followed this with the solid Gimme Fiction and the excellent Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, the latter breaking into the Billboard Top 10. Their seventh album, Transference, sold well on both sides of the Atlantic, with first-week sales hitting an impressive 53,000 copies in the U.S. alone. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga was also a critical success, gaining much praise in the British music press and being named one of the top albums of 2007 by titles such as Q and NME.
Spoon are veterans of the live circuit, as can be imagined of a rock group that has been active for 21 years. Spoon honed an ethereal, spooky live sound while touring Europe constantly over the past 12 years, and has become almost a byword for consistent live performances amongst music critics. The band was as comfortable supporting Arcade Fire on the Canadian group's massive homecoming gig in Montreal as they were kicking off their own world tour with a three-night residency it the intimate venues of their hometown, Austin. As any prior holder of Spoon tickets could testify, this is a band capable of making the listener feel like the only person in the room.
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